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    Re-elect President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to keep America on track. 

    President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have a track record and policy positions that demonstrate that they will continue to govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse nation.

    Progressive endorsements: President Biden and Vice President Harris have the endorsement of some progressive groups, including the Sierra Club, Reproductive Freedom for All America, League of Conservation Voters, National Center for Transgender Equality, and Students Demand Action. They have also received the endorsement of a significant number of labor unions, including United Auto Workers, Actors’ Equity Association, AFL-CIO, IATSE, National Nurses United, and the American Federation of Teachers. President Biden and Vice President Harris also have the backing of the Democratic National Committee and a significant number of current and former Democratic officials, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Climate Envoy John Kerry, 14 current governors, 30 sitting U.S. senators, and over 70 members of the House of Representatives. This list includes California’s elected leaders Gov. Gavin Newsom, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Sen. Alex Padilla, Rep. Katie Porter, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and LA Mayor Karen Bass. 

    Priority policies: The Biden administration has had policy successes across a diversity of issue areas during their first term. Immediately after taking office during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden worked to move the American Rescue Plan through Congress and successfully passed legislation to provide stimulus checks, boosts to unemployment payments, and increased funds for education and small-business loans. The plan also ramped up the distribution and administration of vaccines. This legislative effort was followed by the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law that made a $1 billion investment in electric vehicle infrastructure, national road and bridge repair, clean drinking water modifications, and power grid updates. In addition to these investments, the administration passed President Biden’s signature Inflation Reduction Act, an expansive bill to provide needed funding to cap prescription drug costs for the elderly, increase corporate taxes, invest in clean energy and climate protections, reduce the federal deficit, and increase tax accountability by provided additional funding to the IRS. The White House has indicated that nearly 170,000 clean energy jobs have been created by this legislation, clean energy investments have increased by $110 billion, and insulin has been capped at $35 a month. After years of inaction from the federal government, President Biden signed a significant gun-safety bill into law, which strengthens background check laws, incentivizes state-based red flag laws, and expands limitations on the acquisition of firearms by perpetrators of domestic abuse. President Biden also signed the CHIPS Act into law to increase domestic production of the semiconductors used in the manufacturing of many of the products Americans use daily. 

    The Biden administration’s economic policies have contributed to the lowest unemployment rate in over 50 years, at 3.4% as of January 2024, economic growth of 3.1% in 2023, and an inflation rate that dropped below 3% at the end of December. The administration has led the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Accord, forgiven $136 billion in education debt, and provided consistent support to striking labor unions across the country. While many of these accomplishments came during the first two years of the administration, when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress, President Biden and Vice President Harris have worked across the aisle to move impactful legislation forward for the American people with a divided Congress.

    While the administration’s legislative successes have been substantial, they have been subject to significant criticism from progressives during this first term. While President Biden has maintained strong support for Israel during the October 7 Hamas attacks and the Israeli government’s retaliatory attacks on Palestinians in Gaza, the electorate and congressional representatives have expressed concerns about the U.S. government providing continued funding to the Israeli military, and activists and leaders have called on the Biden administration to advocate for a ceasefire in Gaza. On immigration and the southern border, the federal government’s failure to act has effectively continued the anti-immigrant policies enacted under the Trump administration and caused big city mayors and Democratic governors to publicly request that the White House and Congress pass meaningful legislation to reform an increasingly overwhelmed asylum and immigration system. Under Republican control, Congress has not passed any immigration reforms, and Republican leaders have advocated for more punitive and inhumane immigration policies.  

    Governance and community leadership experience: President Biden and Vice President Harris have served in the White House since 2020, when they were elected on a joint ticket with 306 electoral votes and over 51% of the national popular vote. Their campaign won six critical swing states—Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona—to secure the electoral college victory.

    Prior to his election, President Biden had a long and prominent political career. He served two terms as former President Barack Obama’s vice president and was responsible for managing the 2009 economic recovery, helping to expand health care through the Affordable Care Act, and acting as the administration’s liaison to the Senate. Before joining the Obama administration, he spent 36 years representing Delaware in the Senate. He was often critiqued as being an unremarkable, status quo Democrat, and mid-career votes in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, anti-drug legislation, and the Iraq War reaffirm that characterization. In 1991, Vice President Biden was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and presided over the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, who had been credibly accused of sexual harassment by a former colleague, Anita Hill. Vice President Biden’s mismanagement of the hearing resulted in a targeted and unfair character assassination of Anita Hill and remains a reminder of his complicity in the patriarchal and racist systems on which our American government is built. 

    Prior to her election, Vice President Harris was the first woman of color elected to represent California in the United States Senate. She sponsored legislation on climate and environmental protections, rental and housing protections, women’s health, and pandemic relief. She was also an original cosponsor of the progressive Green New Deal authored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey.  Before serving in the Senate, Vice President Harris had a long legal career in California, serving for 8 years in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office before transitioning to a role as a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. In 2003, she won her bid to become district attorney of the City and County of San Francisco, where she served two terms before being elected as the attorney general for the state of California in 2010. She was the first woman and the first person of color to hold this seat. Vice President Harris’s record was both progressive for the time and complicated by her moderate approach to policing and criminal justice. She has been criticized for failing to institute comprehensive police accountability measures, for not establishing meaningful prison reform, and for taking a hands-off approach to cases related to police misconduct. However, her lenient approach to policing was often punctuated by decidedly progressive support for social justice issues, including the establishment of an education and workforce reentry program designed to diminish recidivism. 

    Other background: President Biden is from Scranton, PA, and moved to Delaware with his family when he was 10 years old. He has been a resident of Wilmington, Delaware, for most of his adult life. Vice President Harris grew up in Berkeley, CA, and was a longtime resident of Los Angeles. She is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, who both emigrated to the Bay Area in the 1960s.

     

    The Race

    Primary election: Eight candidates are running in the March 5 Democratic primary, including incumbent President Joe Biden (D), Rep. Dean Phillips (D), and Marianne Williamson (D). The candidate who receives the most delegates in the national Democratic primary will formally become the party’s designated Presidential candidate in August 2024.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: President Biden’s campaign has raised $56 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Rep. Dean Phillips
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Rep. Phillips’s campaign has not filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the FEC as of December 2023.

    Opposing candidate: Marianne Williamson
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Williamson’s campaign has raised $2.6 million as of December 2023, and is funded by corporate PAC interests. A significant amount of her campaign funding has been through candidate donations and loans taken out by the candidate.

     

    The Position

    The President of the United States is the head of the executive branch of the federal government, and the commander-in-chief for all branches of the armed forces. A president has the power to make diplomatic, executive, and judicial appointments, and can sign into law or veto legislation. Presidential administrations are responsible for both foreign and domestic policy priorities. Presidents are limited to serving two four-year terms in office.

     

    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

    Re-elect President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to keep America on track. 

    President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have a track record and policy positions that demonstrate that they will continue to govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse nation.

    Progressive endorsements: President Biden and Vice President Harris have the endorsement of some progressive groups, including the Sierra Club, Reproductive Freedom for All America, League of Conservation Voters, National Center for Transgender Equality, and Students Demand Action. They have also received the endorsement of a significant number of labor unions, including United Auto Workers, Actors’ Equity Association, AFL-CIO, IATSE, National Nurses United, and the American Federation of Teachers. President Biden and Vice President Harris also have the backing of the Democratic National Committee and a significant number of current and former Democratic officials, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Climate Envoy John Kerry, 14 current governors, 30 sitting U.S. senators, and over 70 members of the House of Representatives. This list includes California’s elected leaders Gov. Gavin Newsom, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Sen. Alex Padilla, Rep. Katie Porter, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and LA Mayor Karen Bass. 

    Priority policies: The Biden administration has had policy successes across a diversity of issue areas during their first term. Immediately after taking office during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden worked to move the American Rescue Plan through Congress and successfully passed legislation to provide stimulus checks, boosts to unemployment payments, and increased funds for education and small-business loans. The plan also ramped up the distribution and administration of vaccines. This legislative effort was followed by the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law that made a $1 billion investment in electric vehicle infrastructure, national road and bridge repair, clean drinking water modifications, and power grid updates. In addition to these investments, the administration passed President Biden’s signature Inflation Reduction Act, an expansive bill to provide needed funding to cap prescription drug costs for the elderly, increase corporate taxes, invest in clean energy and climate protections, reduce the federal deficit, and increase tax accountability by provided additional funding to the IRS. The White House has indicated that nearly 170,000 clean energy jobs have been created by this legislation, clean energy investments have increased by $110 billion, and insulin has been capped at $35 a month. After years of inaction from the federal government, President Biden signed a significant gun-safety bill into law, which strengthens background check laws, incentivizes state-based red flag laws, and expands limitations on the acquisition of firearms by perpetrators of domestic abuse. President Biden also signed the CHIPS Act into law to increase domestic production of the semiconductors used in the manufacturing of many of the products Americans use daily. 

    The Biden administration’s economic policies have contributed to the lowest unemployment rate in over 50 years, at 3.4% as of January 2024, economic growth of 3.1% in 2023, and an inflation rate that dropped below 3% at the end of December. The administration has led the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Accord, forgiven $136 billion in education debt, and provided consistent support to striking labor unions across the country. While many of these accomplishments came during the first two years of the administration, when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress, President Biden and Vice President Harris have worked across the aisle to move impactful legislation forward for the American people with a divided Congress.

    While the administration’s legislative successes have been substantial, they have been subject to significant criticism from progressives during this first term. While President Biden has maintained strong support for Israel during the October 7 Hamas attacks and the Israeli government’s retaliatory attacks on Palestinians in Gaza, the electorate and congressional representatives have expressed concerns about the U.S. government providing continued funding to the Israeli military, and activists and leaders have called on the Biden administration to advocate for a ceasefire in Gaza. On immigration and the southern border, the federal government’s failure to act has effectively continued the anti-immigrant policies enacted under the Trump administration and caused big city mayors and Democratic governors to publicly request that the White House and Congress pass meaningful legislation to reform an increasingly overwhelmed asylum and immigration system. Under Republican control, Congress has not passed any immigration reforms, and Republican leaders have advocated for more punitive and inhumane immigration policies.  

    Governance and community leadership experience: President Biden and Vice President Harris have served in the White House since 2020, when they were elected on a joint ticket with 306 electoral votes and over 51% of the national popular vote. Their campaign won six critical swing states—Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona—to secure the electoral college victory.

    Prior to his election, President Biden had a long and prominent political career. He served two terms as former President Barack Obama’s vice president and was responsible for managing the 2009 economic recovery, helping to expand health care through the Affordable Care Act, and acting as the administration’s liaison to the Senate. Before joining the Obama administration, he spent 36 years representing Delaware in the Senate. He was often critiqued as being an unremarkable, status quo Democrat, and mid-career votes in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, anti-drug legislation, and the Iraq War reaffirm that characterization. In 1991, Vice President Biden was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and presided over the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, who had been credibly accused of sexual harassment by a former colleague, Anita Hill. Vice President Biden’s mismanagement of the hearing resulted in a targeted and unfair character assassination of Anita Hill and remains a reminder of his complicity in the patriarchal and racist systems on which our American government is built. 

    Prior to her election, Vice President Harris was the first woman of color elected to represent California in the United States Senate. She sponsored legislation on climate and environmental protections, rental and housing protections, women’s health, and pandemic relief. She was also an original cosponsor of the progressive Green New Deal authored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey.  Before serving in the Senate, Vice President Harris had a long legal career in California, serving for 8 years in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office before transitioning to a role as a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. In 2003, she won her bid to become district attorney of the City and County of San Francisco, where she served two terms before being elected as the attorney general for the state of California in 2010. She was the first woman and the first person of color to hold this seat. Vice President Harris’s record was both progressive for the time and complicated by her moderate approach to policing and criminal justice. She has been criticized for failing to institute comprehensive police accountability measures, for not establishing meaningful prison reform, and for taking a hands-off approach to cases related to police misconduct. However, her lenient approach to policing was often punctuated by decidedly progressive support for social justice issues, including the establishment of an education and workforce reentry program designed to diminish recidivism. 

    Other background: President Biden is from Scranton, PA, and moved to Delaware with his family when he was 10 years old. He has been a resident of Wilmington, Delaware, for most of his adult life. Vice President Harris grew up in Berkeley, CA, and was a longtime resident of Los Angeles. She is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, who both emigrated to the Bay Area in the 1960s.

     

    The Race

    Primary election: Eight candidates are running in the March 5 Democratic primary, including incumbent President Joe Biden (D), Rep. Dean Phillips (D), and Marianne Williamson (D). The candidate who receives the most delegates in the national Democratic primary will formally become the party’s designated Presidential candidate in August 2024.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: President Biden’s campaign has raised $56 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Rep. Dean Phillips
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Rep. Phillips’s campaign has not filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the FEC as of December 2023.

    Opposing candidate: Marianne Williamson
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Williamson’s campaign has raised $2.6 million as of December 2023, and is funded by corporate PAC interests. A significant amount of her campaign funding has been through candidate donations and loans taken out by the candidate.

     

    The Position

    The President of the United States is the head of the executive branch of the federal government, and the commander-in-chief for all branches of the armed forces. A president has the power to make diplomatic, executive, and judicial appointments, and can sign into law or veto legislation. Presidential administrations are responsible for both foreign and domestic policy priorities. Presidents are limited to serving two four-year terms in office.

     

    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

    Re-elect President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to keep America on track. 

    President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have a track record and policy positions that demonstrate that they will continue to govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse nation.

    Progressive endorsements: President Biden and Vice President Harris have the endorsement of some progressive groups, including the Sierra Club, Reproductive Freedom for All America, League of Conservation Voters, National Center for Transgender Equality, and Students Demand Action. They have also received the endorsement of a significant number of labor unions, including United Auto Workers, Actors’ Equity Association, AFL-CIO, IATSE, National Nurses United, and the American Federation of Teachers. President Biden and Vice President Harris also have the backing of the Democratic National Committee and a significant number of current and former Democratic officials, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Climate Envoy John Kerry, 14 current governors, 30 sitting U.S. senators, and over 70 members of the House of Representatives. This list includes California’s elected leaders Gov. Gavin Newsom, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Sen. Alex Padilla, Rep. Katie Porter, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and LA Mayor Karen Bass. 

    Priority policies: The Biden administration has had policy successes across a diversity of issue areas during their first term. Immediately after taking office during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden worked to move the American Rescue Plan through Congress and successfully passed legislation to provide stimulus checks, boosts to unemployment payments, and increased funds for education and small-business loans. The plan also ramped up the distribution and administration of vaccines. This legislative effort was followed by the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law that made a $1 billion investment in electric vehicle infrastructure, national road and bridge repair, clean drinking water modifications, and power grid updates. In addition to these investments, the administration passed President Biden’s signature Inflation Reduction Act, an expansive bill to provide needed funding to cap prescription drug costs for the elderly, increase corporate taxes, invest in clean energy and climate protections, reduce the federal deficit, and increase tax accountability by provided additional funding to the IRS. The White House has indicated that nearly 170,000 clean energy jobs have been created by this legislation, clean energy investments have increased by $110 billion, and insulin has been capped at $35 a month. After years of inaction from the federal government, President Biden signed a significant gun-safety bill into law, which strengthens background check laws, incentivizes state-based red flag laws, and expands limitations on the acquisition of firearms by perpetrators of domestic abuse. President Biden also signed the CHIPS Act into law to increase domestic production of the semiconductors used in the manufacturing of many of the products Americans use daily. 

    The Biden administration’s economic policies have contributed to the lowest unemployment rate in over 50 years, at 3.4% as of January 2024, economic growth of 3.1% in 2023, and an inflation rate that dropped below 3% at the end of December. The administration has led the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Accord, forgiven $136 billion in education debt, and provided consistent support to striking labor unions across the country. While many of these accomplishments came during the first two years of the administration, when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress, President Biden and Vice President Harris have worked across the aisle to move impactful legislation forward for the American people with a divided Congress.

    While the administration’s legislative successes have been substantial, they have been subject to significant criticism from progressives during this first term. While President Biden has maintained strong support for Israel during the October 7 Hamas attacks and the Israeli government’s retaliatory attacks on Palestinians in Gaza, the electorate and congressional representatives have expressed concerns about the U.S. government providing continued funding to the Israeli military, and activists and leaders have called on the Biden administration to advocate for a ceasefire in Gaza. On immigration and the southern border, the federal government’s failure to act has effectively continued the anti-immigrant policies enacted under the Trump administration and caused big city mayors and Democratic governors to publicly request that the White House and Congress pass meaningful legislation to reform an increasingly overwhelmed asylum and immigration system. Under Republican control, Congress has not passed any immigration reforms, and Republican leaders have advocated for more punitive and inhumane immigration policies.  

    Governance and community leadership experience: President Biden and Vice President Harris have served in the White House since 2020, when they were elected on a joint ticket with 306 electoral votes and over 51% of the national popular vote. Their campaign won six critical swing states—Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona—to secure the electoral college victory.

    Prior to his election, President Biden had a long and prominent political career. He served two terms as former President Barack Obama’s vice president and was responsible for managing the 2009 economic recovery, helping to expand health care through the Affordable Care Act, and acting as the administration’s liaison to the Senate. Before joining the Obama administration, he spent 36 years representing Delaware in the Senate. He was often critiqued as being an unremarkable, status quo Democrat, and mid-career votes in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, anti-drug legislation, and the Iraq War reaffirm that characterization. In 1991, Vice President Biden was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and presided over the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, who had been credibly accused of sexual harassment by a former colleague, Anita Hill. Vice President Biden’s mismanagement of the hearing resulted in a targeted and unfair character assassination of Anita Hill and remains a reminder of his complicity in the patriarchal and racist systems on which our American government is built. 

    Prior to her election, Vice President Harris was the first woman of color elected to represent California in the United States Senate. She sponsored legislation on climate and environmental protections, rental and housing protections, women’s health, and pandemic relief. She was also an original cosponsor of the progressive Green New Deal authored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey.  Before serving in the Senate, Vice President Harris had a long legal career in California, serving for 8 years in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office before transitioning to a role as a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. In 2003, she won her bid to become district attorney of the City and County of San Francisco, where she served two terms before being elected as the attorney general for the state of California in 2010. She was the first woman and the first person of color to hold this seat. Vice President Harris’s record was both progressive for the time and complicated by her moderate approach to policing and criminal justice. She has been criticized for failing to institute comprehensive police accountability measures, for not establishing meaningful prison reform, and for taking a hands-off approach to cases related to police misconduct. However, her lenient approach to policing was often punctuated by decidedly progressive support for social justice issues, including the establishment of an education and workforce reentry program designed to diminish recidivism. 

    Other background: President Biden is from Scranton, PA, and moved to Delaware with his family when he was 10 years old. He has been a resident of Wilmington, Delaware, for most of his adult life. Vice President Harris grew up in Berkeley, CA, and was a longtime resident of Los Angeles. She is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, who both emigrated to the Bay Area in the 1960s.

     

    The Race

    Primary election: Eight candidates are running in the March 5 Democratic primary, including incumbent President Joe Biden (D), Rep. Dean Phillips (D), and Marianne Williamson (D). The candidate who receives the most delegates in the national Democratic primary will formally become the party’s designated Presidential candidate in August 2024.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: President Biden’s campaign has raised $56 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Rep. Dean Phillips
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Rep. Phillips’s campaign has not filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the FEC as of December 2023.

    Opposing candidate: Marianne Williamson
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Williamson’s campaign has raised $2.6 million as of December 2023, and is funded by corporate PAC interests. A significant amount of her campaign funding has been through candidate donations and loans taken out by the candidate.

     

    The Position

    The President of the United States is the head of the executive branch of the federal government, and the commander-in-chief for all branches of the armed forces. A president has the power to make diplomatic, executive, and judicial appointments, and can sign into law or veto legislation. Presidential administrations are responsible for both foreign and domestic policy priorities. Presidents are limited to serving two four-year terms in office.

     

    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

    Re-elect President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to keep America on track. 

    President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have a track record and policy positions that demonstrate that they will continue to govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse nation.

    Progressive endorsements: President Biden and Vice President Harris have the endorsement of some progressive groups, including the Sierra Club, Reproductive Freedom for All America, League of Conservation Voters, National Center for Transgender Equality, and Students Demand Action. They have also received the endorsement of a significant number of labor unions, including United Auto Workers, Actors’ Equity Association, AFL-CIO, IATSE, National Nurses United, and the American Federation of Teachers. President Biden and Vice President Harris also have the backing of the Democratic National Committee and a significant number of current and former Democratic officials, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Climate Envoy John Kerry, 14 current governors, 30 sitting U.S. senators, and over 70 members of the House of Representatives. This list includes California’s elected leaders Gov. Gavin Newsom, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Sen. Alex Padilla, Rep. Katie Porter, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and LA Mayor Karen Bass. 

    Priority policies: The Biden administration has had policy successes across a diversity of issue areas during their first term. Immediately after taking office during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden worked to move the American Rescue Plan through Congress and successfully passed legislation to provide stimulus checks, boosts to unemployment payments, and increased funds for education and small-business loans. The plan also ramped up the distribution and administration of vaccines. This legislative effort was followed by the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law that made a $1 billion investment in electric vehicle infrastructure, national road and bridge repair, clean drinking water modifications, and power grid updates. In addition to these investments, the administration passed President Biden’s signature Inflation Reduction Act, an expansive bill to provide needed funding to cap prescription drug costs for the elderly, increase corporate taxes, invest in clean energy and climate protections, reduce the federal deficit, and increase tax accountability by provided additional funding to the IRS. The White House has indicated that nearly 170,000 clean energy jobs have been created by this legislation, clean energy investments have increased by $110 billion, and insulin has been capped at $35 a month. After years of inaction from the federal government, President Biden signed a significant gun-safety bill into law, which strengthens background check laws, incentivizes state-based red flag laws, and expands limitations on the acquisition of firearms by perpetrators of domestic abuse. President Biden also signed the CHIPS Act into law to increase domestic production of the semiconductors used in the manufacturing of many of the products Americans use daily. 

    The Biden administration’s economic policies have contributed to the lowest unemployment rate in over 50 years, at 3.4% as of January 2024, economic growth of 3.1% in 2023, and an inflation rate that dropped below 3% at the end of December. The administration has led the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Accord, forgiven $136 billion in education debt, and provided consistent support to striking labor unions across the country. While many of these accomplishments came during the first two years of the administration, when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress, President Biden and Vice President Harris have worked across the aisle to move impactful legislation forward for the American people with a divided Congress.

    While the administration’s legislative successes have been substantial, they have been subject to significant criticism from progressives during this first term. While President Biden has maintained strong support for Israel during the October 7 Hamas attacks and the Israeli government’s retaliatory attacks on Palestinians in Gaza, the electorate and congressional representatives have expressed concerns about the U.S. government providing continued funding to the Israeli military, and activists and leaders have called on the Biden administration to advocate for a ceasefire in Gaza. On immigration and the southern border, the federal government’s failure to act has effectively continued the anti-immigrant policies enacted under the Trump administration and caused big city mayors and Democratic governors to publicly request that the White House and Congress pass meaningful legislation to reform an increasingly overwhelmed asylum and immigration system. Under Republican control, Congress has not passed any immigration reforms, and Republican leaders have advocated for more punitive and inhumane immigration policies.  

    Governance and community leadership experience: President Biden and Vice President Harris have served in the White House since 2020, when they were elected on a joint ticket with 306 electoral votes and over 51% of the national popular vote. Their campaign won six critical swing states—Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona—to secure the electoral college victory.

    Prior to his election, President Biden had a long and prominent political career. He served two terms as former President Barack Obama’s vice president and was responsible for managing the 2009 economic recovery, helping to expand health care through the Affordable Care Act, and acting as the administration’s liaison to the Senate. Before joining the Obama administration, he spent 36 years representing Delaware in the Senate. He was often critiqued as being an unremarkable, status quo Democrat, and mid-career votes in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, anti-drug legislation, and the Iraq War reaffirm that characterization. In 1991, Vice President Biden was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and presided over the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, who had been credibly accused of sexual harassment by a former colleague, Anita Hill. Vice President Biden’s mismanagement of the hearing resulted in a targeted and unfair character assassination of Anita Hill and remains a reminder of his complicity in the patriarchal and racist systems on which our American government is built. 

    Prior to her election, Vice President Harris was the first woman of color elected to represent California in the United States Senate. She sponsored legislation on climate and environmental protections, rental and housing protections, women’s health, and pandemic relief. She was also an original cosponsor of the progressive Green New Deal authored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey.  Before serving in the Senate, Vice President Harris had a long legal career in California, serving for 8 years in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office before transitioning to a role as a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. In 2003, she won her bid to become district attorney of the City and County of San Francisco, where she served two terms before being elected as the attorney general for the state of California in 2010. She was the first woman and the first person of color to hold this seat. Vice President Harris’s record was both progressive for the time and complicated by her moderate approach to policing and criminal justice. She has been criticized for failing to institute comprehensive police accountability measures, for not establishing meaningful prison reform, and for taking a hands-off approach to cases related to police misconduct. However, her lenient approach to policing was often punctuated by decidedly progressive support for social justice issues, including the establishment of an education and workforce reentry program designed to diminish recidivism. 

    Other background: President Biden is from Scranton, PA, and moved to Delaware with his family when he was 10 years old. He has been a resident of Wilmington, Delaware, for most of his adult life. Vice President Harris grew up in Berkeley, CA, and was a longtime resident of Los Angeles. She is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, who both emigrated to the Bay Area in the 1960s.

     

    The Race

    Primary election: Eight candidates are running in the March 5 Democratic primary, including incumbent President Joe Biden (D), Rep. Dean Phillips (D), and Marianne Williamson (D). The candidate who receives the most delegates in the national Democratic primary will formally become the party’s designated Presidential candidate in August 2024.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: President Biden’s campaign has raised $56 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, or fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Rep. Dean Phillips
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Rep. Phillips’s campaign has not filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the FEC as of December 2023.

    Opposing candidate: Marianne Williamson
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Williamson’s campaign has raised $2.6 million as of December 2023, and is funded by corporate PAC interests. A significant amount of her campaign funding has been through candidate donations and loans taken out by the candidate.

     

    The Position

    The President of the United States is the head of the executive branch of the federal government, and the commander-in-chief for all branches of the armed forces. A president has the power to make diplomatic, executive, and judicial appointments, and can sign into law or veto legislation. Presidential administrations are responsible for both foreign and domestic policy priorities. Presidents are limited to serving two four-year terms in office.

     

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There are 22 candidates running for California’s open U.S. Senate seat. Based on our analysis, three qualified candidates for this position have a distinct vision for the state. We recommend that you choose the candidate who best aligns to your values in this race.

The Race

Primary election: In October 2022, Governor Newsom appointed labor leader, political advisor, and former Emily’s List President Laphonza Butler to serve the remainder of the six-year term of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who died September 2022 after serving in the U.S. Senate since 1992. There are 22 candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Rep. Barbara Lee (D), Rep. Katie Porter (D), and Rep. Adam Schiff (D). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

The Candidates

Key Initiatives: Representative Barbara Lee is a longtime Congresswoman and has been a consistent progressive voice in Congress. She has been a prolific author of legislation related to ending AIDS/HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis, has moved efforts to reduce poverty forward, and was the only member of Congress to vote against the authorization for the use of military force after the attacks on September 11, 2001, a controversial position at the time. In recent legislative sessions, she has authored and sponsored legislation to curtail CEO overpay, improve research and public awareness of sickle cell disease, address the national backlog of unprocessed rape kits, and improve mental health resources for students. Prior to her election to the House of Representatives, Rep. Lee worked as a social worker and founded a mental-health service organization, Community Health Alliance for Neighborhood Growth and Education, to benefit her local East Bay community. She then spent eleven years working on the staff of Rep. Ron Dellums, eventually serving as his chief of staff. After her tenure in congressional staffing, she founded a facilities-management company. A few years later, in 1990, Rep. Lee launched a successful bid for a seat in the California Assembly, where she served for six years, before she was elected to the state Senate.

Representative Katie Porter is an attorney and public servant and has been a strong advocate for consumer protection, corporate accountability, and government transparency. She has gained notoriety for her meticulous and expert style of questioning in congressional hearings, and exercises this skill during Oversight and Reform Committee sessions. Her legislative successes include bills to lower prescription drug prices, increase the fee oil and gas companies pay to drill on public lands, lower the income threshold for out-of-pocket healthcare costs, and extend mental healthcare coverage. She has also recently supported efforts to ban members of Congress and their families from trading stocks. Prior to her election to Congress, Rep. Porter spent twenty years as a consumer-protection attorney. Ahead of the housing crisis in 2008, she issued early warnings of the financial system’s predatory lending, and has a strong track record of winning cases related to financial regulation. In 2012, then California Attorney General Kamala Harris appointed Rep. Porter to oversee banks as they returned over $18 billion to cheated homeowners in the state. 

Representative Adam Schiff is an attorney and public official and has been a consistent legislator on issues of government accountability, voting access, healthcare, and voting access. He rose to prominence as the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee who led the first impeachment inquiry of the Trump Administration. He has had legislative success on bills to increase pension payments for teachers, expand labor organizing protections, secure nearly $200 million in funding to address affordable housing development and homelessness in the state, create the patient bill of rights, and limit corporate spending to influence elections. He is also the lead author of legislation to end the NRA and the gun industry’s immunity from liability, which prevented victims and their families from seeking legal recourse. Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Schiff worked as a law clerk and then as Assistant United States Attorney before being elected to California’s State Senate in 1996. He is a longtime supporter of progressive education, immigration, and environmental policies, but has cast unfavorable votes on issues pertaining to military spending and the use of military force, including a 2002 vote in favor of authorizing the use of military force against Iraq. 

Community Leadership Experience, Fundraising, and Endorsements: Rep. Lee has served in Congress since 1998, when she was elected with over 66% of the vote. In 2022, she won her reelection to CD-12 over a Republican challenger by 81 points. Her campaign has raised $3.3 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, or corporate PAC interests. Rep. Lee has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California Working Families Party, Black Women Organized for Political Action PAC, Gen Z for Change, Feminist Majority PAC, Our Revolution, and Reproductive Freedom for All California (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice California). She has also received the endorsement of some community and elected leaders, including Dolores Huerta, State Attorney General Rob Bonta, State Controller Malia Cohen, California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, State Senator Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed. 

Rep. Porter has served in Congress since 2018, when she was elected with over 52% of the vote. In 2022, she won her reelection against a Republican challenger by 3 points. Her campaign has raised $22 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, or real estate interests. Rep. Porter has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California Labor Federation, National Union of Healthcare Workers, and Women in Leadership PAC. She has also received the endorsement of many elected leaders, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Attorney General Rob Bonta, Assm. Alex Lee, State Sen. Scott Wiener, Rep. Robert Garcia, and State Sen. Catherine Blakespear.

Rep. Schiff has served in Congress since 2000, when he was elected with over 52% of the vote. In 2022, he won his reelection against a Democratic challenger by 42 points. His campaign has raised $21 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, or fossil fuel interests. Rep. Schiff has the endorsement of some labor groups, including IATSE California Council, IAFF, and Amalgamated Transit Union. He has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Kamlager-Dove, State Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, Assm. Tina McKinnor, Assm. Rick Chavez Zbur, and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria.

Other background: Rep. Lee is from El Paso, TX, and moved to the San Fernando Valley when she was a child. She attended Mills College, where she served as president of the Black Student Union and invited Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm to speak on campus. Her interaction with Rep. Chisholm was an early inspiration for her pursuit of a career in public service. 

Rep. Porter is from Fort Dodge, IA, and now resides in Irvine, CA. Along with her legal practice, she is a longtime tenured professor of law at University of California-Irvine.

Rep. Schiff is from the Bay Area. He holds a law degree from Harvard University.

The District

State: California is the most populous state in the United States, and includes 58 counties and 39 million residents.

Voter registration: Of the 22 million registered voters in the state, 47% are Democrat, 24% are Republican, and 22% have no party preference. Democrats have held the Governor’s seat in the state since 2011.

District demographics: 40% Latino, 16% Asian, and 7% Black

Recent election results: California voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 29 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 18 points. Sen. Feinstein won her 2018 reelection against now-Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de León by 8 points. 

The Position

Members of the Senate represent and advocate for the needs of their state constituency and share legislative responsibility with the House of Representatives. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues of national importance. Senators have the exclusive responsibility of providing advice and consent to the executive branch on treaties, and on the nomination and approval of cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, and federal judges. The Senate also has the sole authority to bring and try an impeachment of a high official, up to and including removal from office with a two-thirds majority vote.

Each state, regardless of population, is represented by two senators. Senate elections are statewide, and senators are elected to serve a six-year term. There is no term limit for this position.

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There are 22 candidates running for California’s open U.S. Senate seat. Based on our analysis, three qualified candidates for this position have a distinct vision for the state. We recommend that you choose the candidate who best aligns to your values in this race.

The Race

Primary election: In October 2022, Governor Newsom appointed labor leader, political advisor, and former Emily’s List President Laphonza Butler to serve the remainder of the six-year term of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who died September 2022 after serving in the U.S. Senate since 1992. There are 22 candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Rep. Barbara Lee (D), Rep. Katie Porter (D), and Rep. Adam Schiff (D). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

The Candidates

Key Initiatives: Representative Barbara Lee is a longtime Congresswoman and has been a consistent progressive voice in Congress. She has been a prolific author of legislation related to ending AIDS/HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis, has moved efforts to reduce poverty forward, and was the only member of Congress to vote against the authorization for the use of military force after the attacks on September 11, 2001, a controversial position at the time. In recent legislative sessions, she has authored and sponsored legislation to curtail CEO overpay, improve research and public awareness of sickle cell disease, address the national backlog of unprocessed rape kits, and improve mental health resources for students. Prior to her election to the House of Representatives, Rep. Lee worked as a social worker and founded a mental-health service organization, Community Health Alliance for Neighborhood Growth and Education, to benefit her local East Bay community. She then spent eleven years working on the staff of Rep. Ron Dellums, eventually serving as his chief of staff. After her tenure in congressional staffing, she founded a facilities-management company. A few years later, in 1990, Rep. Lee launched a successful bid for a seat in the California Assembly, where she served for six years, before she was elected to the state Senate.

Representative Katie Porter is an attorney and public servant and has been a strong advocate for consumer protection, corporate accountability, and government transparency. She has gained notoriety for her meticulous and expert style of questioning in congressional hearings, and exercises this skill during Oversight and Reform Committee sessions. Her legislative successes include bills to lower prescription drug prices, increase the fee oil and gas companies pay to drill on public lands, lower the income threshold for out-of-pocket healthcare costs, and extend mental healthcare coverage. She has also recently supported efforts to ban members of Congress and their families from trading stocks. Prior to her election to Congress, Rep. Porter spent twenty years as a consumer-protection attorney. Ahead of the housing crisis in 2008, she issued early warnings of the financial system’s predatory lending, and has a strong track record of winning cases related to financial regulation. In 2012, then California Attorney General Kamala Harris appointed Rep. Porter to oversee banks as they returned over $18 billion to cheated homeowners in the state. 

Representative Adam Schiff is an attorney and public official and has been a consistent legislator on issues of government accountability, voting access, healthcare, and voting access. He rose to prominence as the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee who led the first impeachment inquiry of the Trump Administration. He has had legislative success on bills to increase pension payments for teachers, expand labor organizing protections, secure nearly $200 million in funding to address affordable housing development and homelessness in the state, create the patient bill of rights, and limit corporate spending to influence elections. He is also the lead author of legislation to end the NRA and the gun industry’s immunity from liability, which prevented victims and their families from seeking legal recourse. Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Schiff worked as a law clerk and then as Assistant United States Attorney before being elected to California’s State Senate in 1996. He is a longtime supporter of progressive education, immigration, and environmental policies, but has cast unfavorable votes on issues pertaining to military spending and the use of military force, including a 2002 vote in favor of authorizing the use of military force against Iraq. 

Community Leadership Experience, Fundraising, and Endorsements: Rep. Lee has served in Congress since 1998, when she was elected with over 66% of the vote. In 2022, she won her reelection to CD-12 over a Republican challenger by 81 points. Her campaign has raised $3.3 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, or corporate PAC interests. Rep. Lee has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California Working Families Party, Black Women Organized for Political Action PAC, Gen Z for Change, Feminist Majority PAC, Our Revolution, and Reproductive Freedom for All California (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice California). She has also received the endorsement of some community and elected leaders, including Dolores Huerta, State Attorney General Rob Bonta, State Controller Malia Cohen, California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, State Senator Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed. 

Rep. Porter has served in Congress since 2018, when she was elected with over 52% of the vote. In 2022, she won her reelection against a Republican challenger by 3 points. Her campaign has raised $22 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, or real estate interests. Rep. Porter has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California Labor Federation, National Union of Healthcare Workers, and Women in Leadership PAC. She has also received the endorsement of many elected leaders, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Attorney General Rob Bonta, Assm. Alex Lee, State Sen. Scott Wiener, Rep. Robert Garcia, and State Sen. Catherine Blakespear.

Rep. Schiff has served in Congress since 2000, when he was elected with over 52% of the vote. In 2022, he won his reelection against a Democratic challenger by 42 points. His campaign has raised $21 million as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, or fossil fuel interests. Rep. Schiff has the endorsement of some labor groups, including IATSE California Council, IAFF, and Amalgamated Transit Union. He has also received the endorsement of many elected officials, including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Kamlager-Dove, State Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, Assm. Tina McKinnor, Assm. Rick Chavez Zbur, and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria.

Other background: Rep. Lee is from El Paso, TX, and moved to the San Fernando Valley when she was a child. She attended Mills College, where she served as president of the Black Student Union and invited Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm to speak on campus. Her interaction with Rep. Chisholm was an early inspiration for her pursuit of a career in public service. 

Rep. Porter is from Fort Dodge, IA, and now resides in Irvine, CA. Along with her legal practice, she is a longtime tenured professor of law at University of California-Irvine.

Rep. Schiff is from the Bay Area. He holds a law degree from Harvard University.

The District

State: California is the most populous state in the United States, and includes 58 counties and 39 million residents.

Voter registration: Of the 22 million registered voters in the state, 47% are Democrat, 24% are Republican, and 22% have no party preference. Democrats have held the Governor’s seat in the state since 2011.

District demographics: 40% Latino, 16% Asian, and 7% Black

Recent election results: California voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 29 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 18 points. Sen. Feinstein won her 2018 reelection against now-Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de León by 8 points. 

The Position

Members of the Senate represent and advocate for the needs of their state constituency and share legislative responsibility with the House of Representatives. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues of national importance. Senators have the exclusive responsibility of providing advice and consent to the executive branch on treaties, and on the nomination and approval of cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, and federal judges. The Senate also has the sole authority to bring and try an impeachment of a high official, up to and including removal from office with a two-thirds majority vote.

Each state, regardless of population, is represented by two senators. Senate elections are statewide, and senators are elected to serve a six-year term. There is no term limit for this position.

Congress

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below congressional districts on your ballot.

  • Jared Huffman

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Jared Huffman to keep CD-2 on the right track for progress. 

    Jared Huffman

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Jared Huffman to keep CD-2 on the right track for progress. 

    Jared Huffman

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Jared Huffman to keep CD-2 on the right track for progress. 

    Jared Huffman

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Jared Huffman to keep CD-2 on the right track for progress. 

  • Nancy Pelosi

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Nancy Pelosi to keep CD-11 on the right track for progress. 

    Nancy Pelosi

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Nancy Pelosi to keep CD-11 on the right track for progress. 

    Nancy Pelosi

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Nancy Pelosi to keep CD-11 on the right track for progress. 

    Nancy Pelosi

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Nancy Pelosi to keep CD-11 on the right track for progress. 

  • Endorsed by Courage California
  • Lateefah Simon

    Courage California endorses Lateefah Simon for C to keep CD-12 on the right track for progress. 

    Lateefah Simon

    Courage California endorses Lateefah Simon for C to keep CD-12 on the right track for progress. 

    Lateefah Simon

    Courage California endorses Lateefah Simon for C to keep CD-12 on the right track for progress. 

    Lateefah Simon

    Courage California endorses Lateefah Simon for C to keep CD-12 on the right track for progress. 

  • Endorsed By: Courage California
  • Kevin Mullin

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Kevin Mullin to keep CD-15 on the right track for progress. 

    Kevin Mullin

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Kevin Mullin to keep CD-15 on the right track for progress. 

    Kevin Mullin

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Kevin Mullin to keep CD-15 on the right track for progress. 

    Kevin Mullin

    Re-elect Congressional Representative Kevin Mullin to keep CD-15 on the right track for progress. 

State Assembly

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Assembly races on your ballot.

  • Damon Connolly

    Re-elect Assemblymember Damon Connolly to keep AD-12 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Connolly’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-12 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Connolly has received the endorsement of some progressive groups, including California Environmental Voters, North Bay Labor Council, and Equality California.

    Top issues: Infrastructure, sustainability, climate change, health care, public safety, and inclusion.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Connolly’s priorities for AD-12 have included 27 bills about environmental protections, wildfire resiliency, increased awareness for unique health conditions, and support for youth and young adults. Of these, six have been successfully chaptered into law, two have been vetoed, and all others remain in committee. He has sponsored and passed legislation to increase awareness and support of health conditions like Lupus and sustainable actions like composting. He scores a CS of 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Connolly has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year, and earned the designation of Honorable Mention.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Connolly currently sits on 5 committees, including the Agriculture, Budget, Environmental Safety, Utilities and Energy, and Judiciary committees. He is also a member of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Connolly has served in this assembly seat since 2022, when he was elected with 52% of the vote. 

    Prior to his election to the Assembly, Connolly served as a Marin County supervisor. He ran unopposed in 2018 and won over 98% of the vote. He won a seat on the San Rafael City Council in 2007, was re-elected in 2011, and served as vice mayor. Prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors and the City Council, Connolly was the Miller Creek Elementary School District Board president and a deputy attorney general. He served as the prosecuting attorney in cases the state brought against energy companies that took advantage during the 2000 energy crisis, and served as a founding board member for Marin Clean Energy. Beyond energy and climate work, Connolly has been involved with many local organizations, including Workforce Alliance of the North Bay, Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Marin County Housing Authority, Marin Open Space District, and the Metropolitan Water Commission. 

    Other background: Assm. Connolly is from the Bay Area and has lived in San Rafael for over 25 years. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including incumbent Assm. Damon Connolly (D), Eryn Cervantes (R), and Andrew Podshadley (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Connolly’s campaign has raised $372,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Andrew Podshadley
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Podshadley’s campaign has raised $3,100 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, or real estate interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 12th Assembly District includes Marin County and parts of Sonoma and San Francisco Counties.

    Voter registration: 60% Democrat, 15% Republican, and 20% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 12% Latino, 6% Asian, and 2% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-12 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 59 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 52 points.

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Damon Connolly

    Re-elect Assemblymember Damon Connolly to keep AD-12 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Connolly’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-12 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Connolly has received the endorsement of some progressive groups, including California Environmental Voters, North Bay Labor Council, and Equality California.

    Top issues: Infrastructure, sustainability, climate change, health care, public safety, and inclusion.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Connolly’s priorities for AD-12 have included 27 bills about environmental protections, wildfire resiliency, increased awareness for unique health conditions, and support for youth and young adults. Of these, six have been successfully chaptered into law, two have been vetoed, and all others remain in committee. He has sponsored and passed legislation to increase awareness and support of health conditions like Lupus and sustainable actions like composting. He scores a CS of 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Connolly has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year, and earned the designation of Honorable Mention.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Connolly currently sits on 5 committees, including the Agriculture, Budget, Environmental Safety, Utilities and Energy, and Judiciary committees. He is also a member of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Connolly has served in this assembly seat since 2022, when he was elected with 52% of the vote. 

    Prior to his election to the Assembly, Connolly served as a Marin County supervisor. He ran unopposed in 2018 and won over 98% of the vote. He won a seat on the San Rafael City Council in 2007, was re-elected in 2011, and served as vice mayor. Prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors and the City Council, Connolly was the Miller Creek Elementary School District Board president and a deputy attorney general. He served as the prosecuting attorney in cases the state brought against energy companies that took advantage during the 2000 energy crisis, and served as a founding board member for Marin Clean Energy. Beyond energy and climate work, Connolly has been involved with many local organizations, including Workforce Alliance of the North Bay, Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Marin County Housing Authority, Marin Open Space District, and the Metropolitan Water Commission. 

    Other background: Assm. Connolly is from the Bay Area and has lived in San Rafael for over 25 years. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including incumbent Assm. Damon Connolly (D), Eryn Cervantes (R), and Andrew Podshadley (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Connolly’s campaign has raised $372,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Andrew Podshadley
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Podshadley’s campaign has raised $3,100 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, or real estate interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 12th Assembly District includes Marin County and parts of Sonoma and San Francisco Counties.

    Voter registration: 60% Democrat, 15% Republican, and 20% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 12% Latino, 6% Asian, and 2% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-12 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 59 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 52 points.

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Damon Connolly

    Re-elect Assemblymember Damon Connolly to keep AD-12 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Connolly’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-12 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Connolly has received the endorsement of some progressive groups, including California Environmental Voters, North Bay Labor Council, and Equality California.

    Top issues: Infrastructure, sustainability, climate change, health care, public safety, and inclusion.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Connolly’s priorities for AD-12 have included 27 bills about environmental protections, wildfire resiliency, increased awareness for unique health conditions, and support for youth and young adults. Of these, six have been successfully chaptered into law, two have been vetoed, and all others remain in committee. He has sponsored and passed legislation to increase awareness and support of health conditions like Lupus and sustainable actions like composting. He scores a CS of 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Connolly has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year, and earned the designation of Honorable Mention.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Connolly currently sits on 5 committees, including the Agriculture, Budget, Environmental Safety, Utilities and Energy, and Judiciary committees. He is also a member of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Connolly has served in this assembly seat since 2022, when he was elected with 52% of the vote. 

    Prior to his election to the Assembly, Connolly served as a Marin County supervisor. He ran unopposed in 2018 and won over 98% of the vote. He won a seat on the San Rafael City Council in 2007, was re-elected in 2011, and served as vice mayor. Prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors and the City Council, Connolly was the Miller Creek Elementary School District Board president and a deputy attorney general. He served as the prosecuting attorney in cases the state brought against energy companies that took advantage during the 2000 energy crisis, and served as a founding board member for Marin Clean Energy. Beyond energy and climate work, Connolly has been involved with many local organizations, including Workforce Alliance of the North Bay, Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Marin County Housing Authority, Marin Open Space District, and the Metropolitan Water Commission. 

    Other background: Assm. Connolly is from the Bay Area and has lived in San Rafael for over 25 years. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including incumbent Assm. Damon Connolly (D), Eryn Cervantes (R), and Andrew Podshadley (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Connolly’s campaign has raised $372,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Andrew Podshadley
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Podshadley’s campaign has raised $3,100 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, or real estate interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 12th Assembly District includes Marin County and parts of Sonoma and San Francisco Counties.

    Voter registration: 60% Democrat, 15% Republican, and 20% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 12% Latino, 6% Asian, and 2% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-12 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 59 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 52 points.

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Damon Connolly

    Re-elect Assemblymember Damon Connolly to keep AD-12 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Connolly’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-12 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Connolly has received the endorsement of some progressive groups, including California Environmental Voters, North Bay Labor Council, and Equality California.

    Top issues: Infrastructure, sustainability, climate change, health care, public safety, and inclusion.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Connolly’s priorities for AD-12 have included 27 bills about environmental protections, wildfire resiliency, increased awareness for unique health conditions, and support for youth and young adults. Of these, six have been successfully chaptered into law, two have been vetoed, and all others remain in committee. He has sponsored and passed legislation to increase awareness and support of health conditions like Lupus and sustainable actions like composting. He scores a CS of 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Connolly has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year, and earned the designation of Honorable Mention.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Connolly currently sits on 5 committees, including the Agriculture, Budget, Environmental Safety, Utilities and Energy, and Judiciary committees. He is also a member of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Connolly has served in this assembly seat since 2022, when he was elected with 52% of the vote. 

    Prior to his election to the Assembly, Connolly served as a Marin County supervisor. He ran unopposed in 2018 and won over 98% of the vote. He won a seat on the San Rafael City Council in 2007, was re-elected in 2011, and served as vice mayor. Prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors and the City Council, Connolly was the Miller Creek Elementary School District Board president and a deputy attorney general. He served as the prosecuting attorney in cases the state brought against energy companies that took advantage during the 2000 energy crisis, and served as a founding board member for Marin Clean Energy. Beyond energy and climate work, Connolly has been involved with many local organizations, including Workforce Alliance of the North Bay, Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Marin County Housing Authority, Marin Open Space District, and the Metropolitan Water Commission. 

    Other background: Assm. Connolly is from the Bay Area and has lived in San Rafael for over 25 years. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including incumbent Assm. Damon Connolly (D), Eryn Cervantes (R), and Andrew Podshadley (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Connolly’s campaign has raised $372,000 as of December 2023, and is funded by police, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel interests.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Andrew Podshadley
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Podshadley’s campaign has raised $3,100 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, or real estate interests.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 12th Assembly District includes Marin County and parts of Sonoma and San Francisco Counties.

    Voter registration: 60% Democrat, 15% Republican, and 20% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

    District demographics: 12% Latino, 6% Asian, and 2% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-12 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 59 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 52 points.

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

  • Matt Haney

    Re-elect Assemblymember Matt Haney to keep AD-17 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Haney’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a representative voice for the constituents of AD-17 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Haney has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Environmental Voters, and SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West. 

    Top issues: Labor and employment protections, homelessness and housing, behavioral health care, criminal justice reform, and substance abuse resources.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Haney’s priorities for AD-17 have included 30 bills about housing development, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, and labor and employment. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law, two have been vetoed, and the rest remain in committee. He scores a CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Haney has supported nearly all progressive bills that made it to a vote during his first year in the Assembly.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Haney currently sits on 11 committees, including Judiciary, Labor and Employment, Local Government, Public Employment and Retirement, and Aging and Long-term Care. He serves as chair of the Select Committee on Fentanyl, Opioid Addiction, and Overdose Prevention. Assm. Haney is also a member of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus and California Legislative Jewish Caucus.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Haney has served in this assembly seat since February 2022, when he won a special election with over 62% of the vote. In November 2022, he won his race for a full term against a Republican challenger by 38 points.

    Prior to his election to the Assembly, Assm. Haney served as San Francisco Supervisor, helping to lead Mental Health SF to guarantee mental-health care for all San Franciscans. He also authored the Overpaid Executive Tax, targeting the pay gap between worker and CEO pay, legislation to house over 2,000 unhoused people in hotels during the pandemic, and laws to protect frontline workers. Assm. Haney also helped build more housing and affordable housing in his district. He was an at-large representative for the San Francisco Unified School District, where he fought for affordable teacher housing, expanded computer science education, and cut suspensions that overwhelmingly targeted students of color.

    Other background: Assm. Haney is from the Bay Area. He co-founded #cut50 with Van Jones and Jessica Jackson to end mass incarceration, and has been a longtime advocate for social justice issues in his community.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Assm. Matt Haney (D), Otto Duke (D), and Manuel Noris-Barrera (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Haney’s campaign has raised $690,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, or real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Neither of the challengers in this race have filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the California Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 17th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco County.

    Voter registration: 65% Democrat, 6% Republican, and 24% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this seat. 

    District demographics: 14% Latino, 32% Asian, and 8% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-17 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 75 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 75 points.

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Matt Haney

    Re-elect Assemblymember Matt Haney to keep AD-17 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Haney’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a representative voice for the constituents of AD-17 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Haney has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Environmental Voters, and SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West. 

    Top issues: Labor and employment protections, homelessness and housing, behavioral health care, criminal justice reform, and substance abuse resources.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Haney’s priorities for AD-17 have included 30 bills about housing development, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, and labor and employment. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law, two have been vetoed, and the rest remain in committee. He scores a CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Haney has supported nearly all progressive bills that made it to a vote during his first year in the Assembly.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Haney currently sits on 11 committees, including Judiciary, Labor and Employment, Local Government, Public Employment and Retirement, and Aging and Long-term Care. He serves as chair of the Select Committee on Fentanyl, Opioid Addiction, and Overdose Prevention. Assm. Haney is also a member of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus and California Legislative Jewish Caucus.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Haney has served in this assembly seat since February 2022, when he won a special election with over 62% of the vote. In November 2022, he won his race for a full term against a Republican challenger by 38 points.

    Prior to his election to the Assembly, Assm. Haney served as San Francisco Supervisor, helping to lead Mental Health SF to guarantee mental-health care for all San Franciscans. He also authored the Overpaid Executive Tax, targeting the pay gap between worker and CEO pay, legislation to house over 2,000 unhoused people in hotels during the pandemic, and laws to protect frontline workers. Assm. Haney also helped build more housing and affordable housing in his district. He was an at-large representative for the San Francisco Unified School District, where he fought for affordable teacher housing, expanded computer science education, and cut suspensions that overwhelmingly targeted students of color.

    Other background: Assm. Haney is from the Bay Area. He co-founded #cut50 with Van Jones and Jessica Jackson to end mass incarceration, and has been a longtime advocate for social justice issues in his community.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Assm. Matt Haney (D), Otto Duke (D), and Manuel Noris-Barrera (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Haney’s campaign has raised $690,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, or real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Neither of the challengers in this race have filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the California Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 17th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco County.

    Voter registration: 65% Democrat, 6% Republican, and 24% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this seat. 

    District demographics: 14% Latino, 32% Asian, and 8% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-17 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 75 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 75 points.

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Matt Haney

    Re-elect Assemblymember Matt Haney to keep AD-17 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Haney’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a representative voice for the constituents of AD-17 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Haney has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Environmental Voters, and SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West. 

    Top issues: Labor and employment protections, homelessness and housing, behavioral health care, criminal justice reform, and substance abuse resources.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Haney’s priorities for AD-17 have included 30 bills about housing development, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, and labor and employment. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law, two have been vetoed, and the rest remain in committee. He scores a CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Haney has supported nearly all progressive bills that made it to a vote during his first year in the Assembly.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Haney currently sits on 11 committees, including Judiciary, Labor and Employment, Local Government, Public Employment and Retirement, and Aging and Long-term Care. He serves as chair of the Select Committee on Fentanyl, Opioid Addiction, and Overdose Prevention. Assm. Haney is also a member of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus and California Legislative Jewish Caucus.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Haney has served in this assembly seat since February 2022, when he won a special election with over 62% of the vote. In November 2022, he won his race for a full term against a Republican challenger by 38 points.

    Prior to his election to the Assembly, Assm. Haney served as San Francisco Supervisor, helping to lead Mental Health SF to guarantee mental-health care for all San Franciscans. He also authored the Overpaid Executive Tax, targeting the pay gap between worker and CEO pay, legislation to house over 2,000 unhoused people in hotels during the pandemic, and laws to protect frontline workers. Assm. Haney also helped build more housing and affordable housing in his district. He was an at-large representative for the San Francisco Unified School District, where he fought for affordable teacher housing, expanded computer science education, and cut suspensions that overwhelmingly targeted students of color.

    Other background: Assm. Haney is from the Bay Area. He co-founded #cut50 with Van Jones and Jessica Jackson to end mass incarceration, and has been a longtime advocate for social justice issues in his community.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Assm. Matt Haney (D), Otto Duke (D), and Manuel Noris-Barrera (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Haney’s campaign has raised $690,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, or real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Neither of the challengers in this race have filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the California Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 17th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco County.

    Voter registration: 65% Democrat, 6% Republican, and 24% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this seat. 

    District demographics: 14% Latino, 32% Asian, and 8% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-17 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 75 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 75 points.

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Matt Haney

    Re-elect Assemblymember Matt Haney to keep AD-17 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Haney’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a representative voice for the constituents of AD-17 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Haney has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Environmental Voters, and SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West. 

    Top issues: Labor and employment protections, homelessness and housing, behavioral health care, criminal justice reform, and substance abuse resources.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Haney’s priorities for AD-17 have included 30 bills about housing development, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, and labor and employment. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law, two have been vetoed, and the rest remain in committee. He scores a CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Haney has supported nearly all progressive bills that made it to a vote during his first year in the Assembly.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Haney currently sits on 11 committees, including Judiciary, Labor and Employment, Local Government, Public Employment and Retirement, and Aging and Long-term Care. He serves as chair of the Select Committee on Fentanyl, Opioid Addiction, and Overdose Prevention. Assm. Haney is also a member of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus and California Legislative Jewish Caucus.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Haney has served in this assembly seat since February 2022, when he won a special election with over 62% of the vote. In November 2022, he won his race for a full term against a Republican challenger by 38 points.

    Prior to his election to the Assembly, Assm. Haney served as San Francisco Supervisor, helping to lead Mental Health SF to guarantee mental-health care for all San Franciscans. He also authored the Overpaid Executive Tax, targeting the pay gap between worker and CEO pay, legislation to house over 2,000 unhoused people in hotels during the pandemic, and laws to protect frontline workers. Assm. Haney also helped build more housing and affordable housing in his district. He was an at-large representative for the San Francisco Unified School District, where he fought for affordable teacher housing, expanded computer science education, and cut suspensions that overwhelmingly targeted students of color.

    Other background: Assm. Haney is from the Bay Area. He co-founded #cut50 with Van Jones and Jessica Jackson to end mass incarceration, and has been a longtime advocate for social justice issues in his community.

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Assm. Matt Haney (D), Otto Duke (D), and Manuel Noris-Barrera (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Haney’s campaign has raised $690,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police, fossil fuel, or real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Neither of the challengers in this race have filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the California Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 17th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco County.

    Voter registration: 65% Democrat, 6% Republican, and 24% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this seat. 

    District demographics: 14% Latino, 32% Asian, and 8% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-17 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 75 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 75 points.

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

  • Mia Bonta

    Re-elect Assemblymember Mia Bonta to keep AD-18 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Mia Bonta’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-18 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Bonta has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Environmental Voters, and AFSCME California. 

    Top issues: Public lands and open spaces, homelessness and housing, public education, health-care access, and criminal justice.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Bonta’s priorities for AD-18 have included 24 bills about public lands, education, worker protections, housing, and health care. Of these, five have been successfully chaptered into law, one has been vetoed, and the rest remain in committee. She has sponsored and passed legislation to prohibit low-income tax credits from increasing monthly rents, establish a mentorship program between young people enrolled in behavior health programs and local community organizations, and adjust child support requirements for justice-involved individuals. She scores a CS of 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records, earning an All-Star distinction. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Bonta has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote, and was a contributing author on four of the progressive bills evaluated for this year’s Courage Score.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Bonta currently sits on 15 committees, including Budget, Business and Professions, Communications and Conveyance, Human Services, and Public Safety. She serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Health, and chair of the Select Committee on Place Based Systems of Coordinated Care for Children and Families. Assm. Bonta is a member of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus, the California Legislative Black Caucus, and the California Legislative Latino Caucus. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Bonta has served in this assembly seat since 2021, when she won a special election with over 56% of the vote. In 2022, she won her first full term against a Republican challenger by 79 points. 

    Prior to her election to the Assembly, Assm. Bonta was a nonprofit executive at Oakland Promise, a nonprofit focused on low-income students. She was elected to the Alameda Unified School District School Board in 2018, and served as president of that body. Assm. Bonta has been a longtime supporter of education initiatives, and making the district more affordable and inclusive.

    Other background: Assm. Bonta is originally from the Bronx. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Assm. Mia Bonta (D), Cheyenne Kenney (R), and Mindy Ruth Pechenuk (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Bonta’s campaign has raised $391,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police interests.

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Neither of the challengers in this race have filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 18th Assembly District includes parts of Alameda County.

    Voter registration: 69% Democrat, 5% Republican, and 21% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this seat.

    District demographics: 16% Latino, 21% Asian, and 27% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-18 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 80 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 80 points.

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Mia Bonta

    Re-elect Assemblymember Mia Bonta to keep AD-18 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Mia Bonta’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-18 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Bonta has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Environmental Voters, and AFSCME California. 

    Top issues: Public lands and open spaces, homelessness and housing, public education, health-care access, and criminal justice.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Bonta’s priorities for AD-18 have included 24 bills about public lands, education, worker protections, housing, and health care. Of these, five have been successfully chaptered into law, one has been vetoed, and the rest remain in committee. She has sponsored and passed legislation to prohibit low-income tax credits from increasing monthly rents, establish a mentorship program between young people enrolled in behavior health programs and local community organizations, and adjust child support requirements for justice-involved individuals. She scores a CS of 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records, earning an All-Star distinction. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Bonta has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote, and was a contributing author on four of the progressive bills evaluated for this year’s Courage Score.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Bonta currently sits on 15 committees, including Budget, Business and Professions, Communications and Conveyance, Human Services, and Public Safety. She serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Health, and chair of the Select Committee on Place Based Systems of Coordinated Care for Children and Families. Assm. Bonta is a member of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus, the California Legislative Black Caucus, and the California Legislative Latino Caucus. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Bonta has served in this assembly seat since 2021, when she won a special election with over 56% of the vote. In 2022, she won her first full term against a Republican challenger by 79 points. 

    Prior to her election to the Assembly, Assm. Bonta was a nonprofit executive at Oakland Promise, a nonprofit focused on low-income students. She was elected to the Alameda Unified School District School Board in 2018, and served as president of that body. Assm. Bonta has been a longtime supporter of education initiatives, and making the district more affordable and inclusive.

    Other background: Assm. Bonta is originally from the Bronx. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Assm. Mia Bonta (D), Cheyenne Kenney (R), and Mindy Ruth Pechenuk (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Bonta’s campaign has raised $391,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police interests.

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Neither of the challengers in this race have filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 18th Assembly District includes parts of Alameda County.

    Voter registration: 69% Democrat, 5% Republican, and 21% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this seat.

    District demographics: 16% Latino, 21% Asian, and 27% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-18 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 80 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 80 points.

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Mia Bonta

    Re-elect Assemblymember Mia Bonta to keep AD-18 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Mia Bonta’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-18 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Bonta has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Environmental Voters, and AFSCME California. 

    Top issues: Public lands and open spaces, homelessness and housing, public education, health-care access, and criminal justice.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Bonta’s priorities for AD-18 have included 24 bills about public lands, education, worker protections, housing, and health care. Of these, five have been successfully chaptered into law, one has been vetoed, and the rest remain in committee. She has sponsored and passed legislation to prohibit low-income tax credits from increasing monthly rents, establish a mentorship program between young people enrolled in behavior health programs and local community organizations, and adjust child support requirements for justice-involved individuals. She scores a CS of 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records, earning an All-Star distinction. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Bonta has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote, and was a contributing author on four of the progressive bills evaluated for this year’s Courage Score.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Bonta currently sits on 15 committees, including Budget, Business and Professions, Communications and Conveyance, Human Services, and Public Safety. She serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Health, and chair of the Select Committee on Place Based Systems of Coordinated Care for Children and Families. Assm. Bonta is a member of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus, the California Legislative Black Caucus, and the California Legislative Latino Caucus. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Bonta has served in this assembly seat since 2021, when she won a special election with over 56% of the vote. In 2022, she won her first full term against a Republican challenger by 79 points. 

    Prior to her election to the Assembly, Assm. Bonta was a nonprofit executive at Oakland Promise, a nonprofit focused on low-income students. She was elected to the Alameda Unified School District School Board in 2018, and served as president of that body. Assm. Bonta has been a longtime supporter of education initiatives, and making the district more affordable and inclusive.

    Other background: Assm. Bonta is originally from the Bronx. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Assm. Mia Bonta (D), Cheyenne Kenney (R), and Mindy Ruth Pechenuk (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Bonta’s campaign has raised $391,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police interests.

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Neither of the challengers in this race have filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 18th Assembly District includes parts of Alameda County.

    Voter registration: 69% Democrat, 5% Republican, and 21% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this seat.

    District demographics: 16% Latino, 21% Asian, and 27% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-18 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 80 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 80 points.

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Mia Bonta

    Re-elect Assemblymember Mia Bonta to keep AD-18 on the right track for progress. 

    Assm. Mia Bonta’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-18 and will govern effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Bonta has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Equality California, California Environmental Voters, and AFSCME California. 

    Top issues: Public lands and open spaces, homelessness and housing, public education, health-care access, and criminal justice.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Bonta’s priorities for AD-18 have included 24 bills about public lands, education, worker protections, housing, and health care. Of these, five have been successfully chaptered into law, one has been vetoed, and the rest remain in committee. She has sponsored and passed legislation to prohibit low-income tax credits from increasing monthly rents, establish a mentorship program between young people enrolled in behavior health programs and local community organizations, and adjust child support requirements for justice-involved individuals. She scores a CS of 100 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records, earning an All-Star distinction. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Bonta has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote, and was a contributing author on four of the progressive bills evaluated for this year’s Courage Score.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Bonta currently sits on 15 committees, including Budget, Business and Professions, Communications and Conveyance, Human Services, and Public Safety. She serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Health, and chair of the Select Committee on Place Based Systems of Coordinated Care for Children and Families. Assm. Bonta is a member of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus, the California Legislative Black Caucus, and the California Legislative Latino Caucus. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Bonta has served in this assembly seat since 2021, when she won a special election with over 56% of the vote. In 2022, she won her first full term against a Republican challenger by 79 points. 

    Prior to her election to the Assembly, Assm. Bonta was a nonprofit executive at Oakland Promise, a nonprofit focused on low-income students. She was elected to the Alameda Unified School District School Board in 2018, and served as president of that body. Assm. Bonta has been a longtime supporter of education initiatives, and making the district more affordable and inclusive.

    Other background: Assm. Bonta is originally from the Bronx. 

    The Race

    Primary election: There are three candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Assm. Mia Bonta (D), Cheyenne Kenney (R), and Mindy Ruth Pechenuk (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Bonta’s campaign has raised $391,000 as of December 2023, and is not funded by police interests.

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Neither of the challengers in this race have filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State’s office as of December 2023.

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 18th Assembly District includes parts of Alameda County.

    Voter registration: 69% Democrat, 5% Republican, and 21% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this seat.

    District demographics: 16% Latino, 21% Asian, and 27% Black. 

    Recent election results: AD-18 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 80 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 80 points.

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

No Recommendation

AD19 - No Recommendation

Based on our analysis, the two Democratic candidates for this position have distinct visions for the district. We recommend that you choose the candidate who best aligns to your values in this race.

Endorsements: San Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood and Equality California, as well as labor unions like SEIU, National Union of Healthcare Workers, San Francisco Labor Council, and California Labor Council. She has also been endorsed by elected officials like State Controller Malia Cohen, Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember Matt Haney, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

David Lee has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Clean Water Action and California Faculty Association. He has also been endorsed by elected officials like incumbent Assemblymember Phil Ting, Assemblymember and Speaker Emeritus Anthony Rendon, and San Francisco County Supervisor Connie Chan. 

Key initiatives: As a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Stefani has chaired the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee. She has supported survivors of domestic violence and authored legislation to provide resources like legal aid and counseling to victims of crimes. Stefani has been a longtime supporter of gun legislation, and founded the San Francisco chapter of Moms Demand Action. On the Board of Supervisors, she passed legislation to ban ghost guns in the city.

Lee has not previously served in elected office.

Governance and community leadership experience: Stefani has served on the Board of Supervisors since 2018, and has been considered the most conservative member of the board. Although she has voiced concern over the housing crisis, her record is mixed. In 2020, she was the only supervisor to vote against a citywide eviction moratorium in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and was personally sued by a tenant for wrongful eviction. Stefani has supported more policing and was the first supervisor to endorse the recall of former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. She was believed to be a top candidate for Mayor London Breed’s appointment to replace him. Stefani was appointed as the San Francisco County Clerk by the late Mayor Ed Lee in 2016. 

Lee is a lecturer, college administrator, and executive director of the nonprofit Chinese American Voters Education Committee. He has been a longtime supporter of efforts to increase civic engagement for underserved communities. As executive director, Lee has successfully increased Asian American voting participation. He organized voter-registration drives at Asian American cultural centers and community hubs, as well as public service campaigns in Chinese and Tagalog. In addition to his voter registration and engagement work with the Asian American community, he has also advocated for a ballot initiative that would have required a livestream of city government. 

Other background: Stefani is a former prosecutor and is from Merced, CA. 

Lee is from the Richmond district of San Francisco. 

The Race

Primary election: There are 4 candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Catherine Stefani (D), David Lee (D), and Arjun Sodhani (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

Candidate fundraising and pledges: Stefani’s campaign has raised $528,922 and is not funded by the fossil fuel industry. She has received donations from corporate PACs and the police, and has also accepted nearly $40,000 from the real estate industry. Lee’s campaign has raised $200,400 and is not funded by the fossil fuel industry, corporate PACs, or the police. He has accepted donations from the real estate industry.

Opposing candidate: Republicans Arjun Sodhani and Nadia Flamenco
Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: As of December 2023, neither Republican has filed any donation receipts.

The District

Counties in district: California’s 19th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.

Voter registration: 61% Democrat, 9% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

District demographics: 12% Latino, 43% Asian, and 4% Black. This district is considered to be one of the strong Asian-American seats in the California Assembly delegation.

Recent election results: AD-19 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 66 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 63 points.

The Position

State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

AD19 - No Recommendation

Based on our analysis, the two Democratic candidates for this position have distinct visions for the district. We recommend that you choose the candidate who best aligns to your values in this race.

Endorsements: San Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood and Equality California, as well as labor unions like SEIU, National Union of Healthcare Workers, San Francisco Labor Council, and California Labor Council. She has also been endorsed by elected officials like State Controller Malia Cohen, Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember Matt Haney, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

David Lee has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Clean Water Action and California Faculty Association. He has also been endorsed by elected officials like incumbent Assemblymember Phil Ting, Assemblymember and Speaker Emeritus Anthony Rendon, and San Francisco County Supervisor Connie Chan. 

Key initiatives: As a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Stefani has chaired the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee. She has supported survivors of domestic violence and authored legislation to provide resources like legal aid and counseling to victims of crimes. Stefani has been a longtime supporter of gun legislation, and founded the San Francisco chapter of Moms Demand Action. On the Board of Supervisors, she passed legislation to ban ghost guns in the city.

Lee has not previously served in elected office.

Governance and community leadership experience: Stefani has served on the Board of Supervisors since 2018, and has been considered the most conservative member of the board. Although she has voiced concern over the housing crisis, her record is mixed. In 2020, she was the only supervisor to vote against a citywide eviction moratorium in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and was personally sued by a tenant for wrongful eviction. Stefani has supported more policing and was the first supervisor to endorse the recall of former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. She was believed to be a top candidate for Mayor London Breed’s appointment to replace him. Stefani was appointed as the San Francisco County Clerk by the late Mayor Ed Lee in 2016. 

Lee is a lecturer, college administrator, and executive director of the nonprofit Chinese American Voters Education Committee. He has been a longtime supporter of efforts to increase civic engagement for underserved communities. As executive director, Lee has successfully increased Asian American voting participation. He organized voter-registration drives at Asian American cultural centers and community hubs, as well as public service campaigns in Chinese and Tagalog. In addition to his voter registration and engagement work with the Asian American community, he has also advocated for a ballot initiative that would have required a livestream of city government. 

Other background: Stefani is a former prosecutor and is from Merced, CA. 

Lee is from the Richmond district of San Francisco. 

The Race

Primary election: There are 4 candidates running in the March 5 primary, including Catherine Stefani (D), David Lee (D), and Arjun Sodhani (R). The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5.

Candidate fundraising and pledges: Stefani’s campaign has raised $528,922 and is not funded by the fossil fuel industry. She has received donations from corporate PACs and the police, and has also accepted nearly $40,000 from the real estate industry. Lee’s campaign has raised $200,400 and is not funded by the fossil fuel industry, corporate PACs, or the police. He has accepted donations from the real estate industry.

Opposing candidate: Republicans Arjun Sodhani and Nadia Flamenco
Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: As of December 2023, neither Republican has filed any donation receipts.

The District

Counties in district: California’s 19th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.

Voter registration: 61% Democrat, 9% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district.

District demographics: 12% Latino, 43% Asian, and 4% Black. This district is considered to be one of the strong Asian-American seats in the California Assembly delegation.

Recent election results: AD-19 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 66 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2022 by 63 points.

The Position

State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

State Senate

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Senate races on your ballot.

  • Jovanka Beckles

    Elect Jovanka Beckles and Kathryn Lybarger for State Senate to keep SD-7 on the right track for progress. 

    Jovanka Beckles

    Elect Jovanka Beckles and Kathryn Lybarger for State Senate to keep SD-7 on the right track for progress. 

    Jovanka Beckles

    Elect Jovanka Beckles and Kathryn Lybarger for State Senate to keep SD-7 on the right track for progress. 

    Jovanka Beckles

    Elect Jovanka Beckles and Kathryn Lybarger for State Senate to keep SD-7 on the right track for progress. 

  • Kathryn Lybarger

    Elect Jovanka Beckles and Kathryn Lybarger for State Senate to keep SD-7 on the right track for progress. 

    Kathryn Lybarger

    Elect Jovanka Beckles and Kathryn Lybarger for State Senate to keep SD-7 on the right track for progress. 

    Kathryn Lybarger

    Elect Jovanka Beckles and Kathryn Lybarger for State Senate to keep SD-7 on the right track for progress. 

    Kathryn Lybarger

    Elect Jovanka Beckles and Kathryn Lybarger for State Senate to keep SD-7 on the right track for progress. 

  • Scott Wiener

    Re-elect State Senator Scott Wiener to keep SD-11 on the right track for progress. 

    Scott Wiener

    Re-elect State Senator Scott Wiener to keep SD-11 on the right track for progress. 

    Scott Wiener

    Re-elect State Senator Scott Wiener to keep SD-11 on the right track for progress. 

    Scott Wiener

    Re-elect State Senator Scott Wiener to keep SD-11 on the right track for progress. 

  • Michael Begert

    Retain Judge Michael Begert to keep San Francisco County on the right track for progress. 

    Michael Begert

    Retain Judge Michael Begert to keep San Francisco County on the right track for progress. 

    Michael Begert

    Retain Judge Michael Begert to keep San Francisco County on the right track for progress. 

    Michael Begert

    Retain Judge Michael Begert to keep San Francisco County on the right track for progress. 

  • Retain Judge Patrick Thompson to keep San Francisco County on the right track for progress. 



    Judge Patrick Thompson’s track record and legal background demonstrates that he will continue to use his judicial prudence effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Judge Thompson has the endorsement of a few progressive groups, including San Francisco Tenants Union. He has received the endorsement of the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Standard, and has been rated “well qualified” by the Bar Association of San Francisco.

    Top issues: According to campaign materials, Judge Thompson is running for re-election to continue to bring an equitable, by-the-book approach to the bench. 

    Key initiatives: Judge Thompson has provided leadership in moving the county toward an approach that centers respect for the rule of law. His judicial philosophy is heavily focused on holding attorneys and justice involved individuals to the same standard of courtroom decorum and written law, and ensuring that trial outcomes are equitable and legally consistent. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Judge Thompson has served in this seat since 2022, when he was appointed to the bench by Gov. Gavin Newsom. This is his first run for retention. 

    Prior to his election to the judiciary, Judge Thompson was a corporate attorney in private practice, which helped him build a strong understanding of several unique legal disciplines. During this time, he worked on cases related to antitrust, business regulations, patent infringement, and class-action lawsuits. After his appointment to the Superior Court, he worked in the traffic division, and then moved on to overseeing criminal preliminary hearings. He is also involved in his local community through membership on the California Pacific Medical Center board, the American Conservatory Theater board, and the Grace Cathedral board.

    Other background: Judge Thompson is from Michigan, and has lived in California for over 30 years. 

     

    The Race


    Primary election: There are two candidates running in the nonpartisan March 5 primary: incumbent Judge Patrick Thompson and Jean Roland. The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5, unless one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote and wins outright in the primary.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Judge Thompson’s campaign has not filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the county as of January 2024. He has been the target of opposition donations from Stop Crime Action, a pro-incarceration collective that supported the 2022 recall of former progressive DA Chesa Boudin with the funding of billionaire and Republican mega donor William Oberndorf. 

    Opposing candidate: Jean Roland
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Roland’s campaign has not filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the county as of January 2024.

     

    The District


    County: The Superior Court of San Francisco County operates as the trial court for criminal, civil, and other cases filed in the county. 

     

    The Position


    Judges of the California Superior Courts are elected in nonpartisan, county-wide elections to six-year terms. Once voted in, a judge can run for retention at the expiration of their term. A retention election is a process by which voters decide whether an incumbent judge should remain for another term. If the judge, when not facing an opponent, does not obtain a certain percentage of voters (often 50%), they are removed from the position. Many judges join the court through a gubernatorial appointment. If a judge is appointed, they compete in the next general election following the appointment.

    California has 58 trial, or superior courts, one in each county. In the more than 450 courthouses of the superior courts, a judge and sometimes a jury hears witness testimony and other evidence. These courts hear civil, criminal, family, probate, and juvenile cases. The judge decides cases through the application of relevant law to the relevant facts. 


     

    Patrick Thompson

    Retain Judge Patrick Thompson to keep San Francisco County on the right track for progress. 

    Retain Judge Patrick Thompson to keep San Francisco County on the right track for progress. 



    Judge Patrick Thompson’s track record and legal background demonstrates that he will continue to use his judicial prudence effectively in the best interests of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Judge Thompson has the endorsement of a few progressive groups, including San Francisco Tenants Union. He has received the endorsement of the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Standard, and has been rated “well qualified” by the Bar Association of San Francisco.

    Top issues: According to campaign materials, Judge Thompson is running for re-election to continue to bring an equitable, by-the-book approach to the bench. 

    Key initiatives: Judge Thompson has provided leadership in moving the county toward an approach that centers respect for the rule of law. His judicial philosophy is heavily focused on holding attorneys and justice involved individuals to the same standard of courtroom decorum and written law, and ensuring that trial outcomes are equitable and legally consistent. 

    Governance and community leadership experience: Judge Thompson has served in this seat since 2022, when he was appointed to the bench by Gov. Gavin Newsom. This is his first run for retention. 

    Prior to his election to the judiciary, Judge Thompson was a corporate attorney in private practice, which helped him build a strong understanding of several unique legal disciplines. During this time, he worked on cases related to antitrust, business regulations, patent infringement, and class-action lawsuits. After his appointment to the Superior Court, he worked in the traffic division, and then moved on to overseeing criminal preliminary hearings. He is also involved in his local community through membership on the California Pacific Medical Center board, the American Conservatory Theater board, and the Grace Cathedral board.

    Other background: Judge Thompson is from Michigan, and has lived in California for over 30 years. 

     

    The Race


    Primary election: There are two candidates running in the nonpartisan March 5 primary: incumbent Judge Patrick Thompson and Jean Roland. The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election on November 5, unless one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote and wins outright in the primary.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Judge Thompson’s campaign has not filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the county as of January 2024. He has been the target of opposition donations from Stop Crime Action, a pro-incarceration collective that supported the 2022 recall of former progressive DA Chesa Boudin with the funding of billionaire and Republican mega donor William Oberndorf. 

    Opposing candidate: Jean Roland
    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Roland’s campaign has not filed any campaign fundraising receipts with the county as of January 2024.

     

    The District


    County: The Superior Court of San Francisco County operates as the trial court for criminal, civil, and other cases filed in the county. 

     

    The Position


    Judges of the California Superior Courts are elected in nonpartisan, county-wide elections to six-year terms. Once voted in, a judge can run for retention at the expiration of their term. A retention election is a process by which voters decide whether an incumbent judge should remain for another term. If the judge, when not facing an opponent, does not obtain a certain percentage of voters (often 50%), they are removed from the position. Many judges join the court through a gubernatorial appointment. If a judge is appointed, they compete in the next general election following the appointment.

    California has 58 trial, or superior courts, one in each county. In the more than 450 courthouses of the superior courts, a judge and sometimes a jury hears witness testimony and other evidence. These courts hear civil, criminal, family, probate, and juvenile cases. The judge decides cases through the application of relevant law to the relevant facts. 


     

    Patrick Thompson

    Retain Judge Patrick Thompson to keep San Francisco County on the right track for progress. 

  • No Position

    Vote on Proposition 1

  • Proposition 1 will establish a $6.4 billion bond to fund an increase in the number of treatment beds and housing units the state provides to individuals struggling with mental health and addiction, and to direct counties to reallocate their Mental Health Services Act funding to address the local housing shortage.



    In an effort to address an ongoing housing shortage and addiction crisis in the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two bills—SB326 and AB531—to send a $6.4 billion bond measure to voters in March. This bond would be used to increase capacity in health care and housing across the state by adding 6,800 behavioral health treatment beds, building 4,300 housing units, and creating 26,000 outpatient treatment slots for Californians. Proposition 1 would also require each county to redirect 30% of its Mental Health Services Act funding to housing, including creating new real estate development, and the provision of rental subsidies. Mental Health Services Act funds are raised through a tax on millionaires in the state, and the reallocated portion is expected to total $1 billion annually across the state. Overall, Proposition 1 aims to reduce homelessness and tent encampments, and provide support to individuals who do not have the resources to address behavioral health challenges. 

    Top support for Proposition 1:


    - The legislation that sent Proposition 1 to voters received overwhelming support from the state legislature. SB326 received a unanimous floor vote in the Senate, and earned 68 floor votes in the Assembly. AB531 received 35 floor votes in the Senate, and 66 floor votes in the Assembly. 
    - YES ON 1 has received over $10.7 million in donations, primarily through Yes on Prop 1—Governor Newsom’s Ballot Measure Committee. The committee has received donations from police, fossil fuel, real estate, and corporate PAC interests, including from California Correctional Peace Officers Association Truth in American Government Fund, AirBnB, Google, and PG&E. 
    - Gov. Gavin Newsom has enthusiastically supported Proposition 1, arguing that the establishment of more treatment options and housing units has the potential to have a significant impact on marginalized populations within the state over time, and is a humane approach to this ongoing public health crisis. 

    Top opposition to Proposition 1:


    - Groups like Disability Rights California and the League of Women Voters California are concerned that this policy could be interpreted to permit involuntary treatment of mental health and addiction patients in locked facilities. They argue that this aspect of the bill is regressive and is the result of hasty passage, a lack of meaningful legislative debate, and limited input from community groups. Republican activist Carl DeMaio, his conservative PAC Reform California, and the anti-tax Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association are also opposing Proposition 1.
    - Some housing and homeless advocates have criticized Proposition 1’s narrow projected impact on a statewide homeless population that is estimated to include 180,000 people. With over half of the proposed new housing units earmarked for veterans, the number of homeless civilians who will benefit from this program is statistically insignificant.
    - Proposition 1 has raised concerns among opponents—including several counties and county leaders—around its mandate that 30% of county Mental Health Services Act funding be allocated to address local housing shortages. Stripping funding out of this budget line to fund housing programs will disrupt existing and effective county mental health programs, many of which are tailored to serve marginalized local populations, including Indigenous communities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people of color. 

    Proposition 1 will establish a $6.4 billion bond to fund an increase in the number of treatment beds and housing units the state provides to individuals struggling with mental health and addiction, and to direct counties to reallocate their Mental Health Services Act funding to address the local housing shortage.



    In an effort to address an ongoing housing shortage and addiction crisis in the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two bills—SB326 and AB531—to send a $6.4 billion bond measure to voters in March. This bond would be used to increase capacity in health care and housing across the state by adding 6,800 behavioral health treatment beds, building 4,300 housing units, and creating 26,000 outpatient treatment slots for Californians. Proposition 1 would also require each county to redirect 30% of its Mental Health Services Act funding to housing, including creating new real estate development, and the provision of rental subsidies. Mental Health Services Act funds are raised through a tax on millionaires in the state, and the reallocated portion is expected to total $1 billion annually across the state. Overall, Proposition 1 aims to reduce homelessness and tent encampments, and provide support to individuals who do not have the resources to address behavioral health challenges. 

    Top support for Proposition 1:


    - The legislation that sent Proposition 1 to voters received overwhelming support from the state legislature. SB326 received a unanimous floor vote in the Senate, and earned 68 floor votes in the Assembly. AB531 received 35 floor votes in the Senate, and 66 floor votes in the Assembly. 
    - YES ON 1 has received over $10.7 million in donations, primarily through Yes on Prop 1—Governor Newsom’s Ballot Measure Committee. The committee has received donations from police, fossil fuel, real estate, and corporate PAC interests, including from California Correctional Peace Officers Association Truth in American Government Fund, AirBnB, Google, and PG&E. 
    - Gov. Gavin Newsom has enthusiastically supported Proposition 1, arguing that the establishment of more treatment options and housing units has the potential to have a significant impact on marginalized populations within the state over time, and is a humane approach to this ongoing public health crisis. 

    Top opposition to Proposition 1:


    - Groups like Disability Rights California and the League of Women Voters California are concerned that this policy could be interpreted to permit involuntary treatment of mental health and addiction patients in locked facilities. They argue that this aspect of the bill is regressive and is the result of hasty passage, a lack of meaningful legislative debate, and limited input from community groups. Republican activist Carl DeMaio, his conservative PAC Reform California, and the anti-tax Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association are also opposing Proposition 1.
    - Some housing and homeless advocates have criticized Proposition 1’s narrow projected impact on a statewide homeless population that is estimated to include 180,000 people. With over half of the proposed new housing units earmarked for veterans, the number of homeless civilians who will benefit from this program is statistically insignificant.
    - Proposition 1 has raised concerns among opponents—including several counties and county leaders—around its mandate that 30% of county Mental Health Services Act funding be allocated to address local housing shortages. Stripping funding out of this budget line to fund housing programs will disrupt existing and effective county mental health programs, many of which are tailored to serve marginalized local populations, including Indigenous communities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people of color. 

    Proposition 1

    Proposition 1 will establish a $6.4 billion bond to fund an increase in the number of treatment beds and housing units the state provides to individuals struggling with mental health and addiction, and to direct counties to reallocate their Mental Health Services Act funding to address t

    Proposition 1

    Proposition 1 will establish a $6.4 billion bond to fund an increase in the number of treatment beds and housing units the state provides to individuals struggling with mental health and addiction, and to direct counties to reallocate their Mental Health Services Act funding to address t

Voting has changed in San Francisco County this year. The Voter’s Choice Act was enacted in the county to make voting more convenient. Changes include an expanded period of in-person early voting, every registered voter in the county will receive a vote-by-mail ballot, and every registered voter in the county is able to vote in-person at any Vote Center in their county. Also, in-person voters in San Francisco County will have the opportunity to use the new voting system, Democracy Suite, a touchscreen tablet with audio features, to mark their ballots. Have questions about the changes to voting in San Francisco County? Find out how to vote in San Francisco County.

  • No Position

    Vote on Proposition B

  • Proposition B will increase police staffing level minimums on the condition that voters also approve a new tax or amend an existing tax to fund the changes.



    As of September 2023, the San Francisco Police Department is experiencing historically low staffing levels. Supervisor Matt Dorsey originally proposed Proposition B to mandate minimum police staffing, then Supervisor Ahsha Safai amended the measure to require new funding to support staffing and retention. Passing Proposition B would set an increased minimum staffing level for SFPD, mandate that the Police Commission request enough funds to pay for the increased staffing level, mandate that the city budget include funding for the new staffing level for at least five years, allow SFPD to amend its internal budget, and create a new fund to support police recruitment over five to ten years. If passed, the implementation of Proposition B is conditioned on the separate passage of a new tax or an amendment to an existing tax to provide funding for these provisions. 

    Top support for Proposition B:


    - Proponents argue that the historic understaffing of SFPD results in extended response times, wasteful spending on expensive overtime hours, and inefficiency in resolving and deterring crime. They also argue that passage of Proposition B would provide SFPD with the personnel and financial resources necessary to realign the department’s priorities and daily operations.
    - YES ON B has raised $605,000 from a variety of organized labor donors, including $400,000 from SEIU Local 1021, which represents government, nonprofit, and school members. An additional $200,000 was donated by International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers 21 Issues PAC.
    - Sup. Ahsha Safaí, who is also running for mayor, has argued that Proposition B will maintain transparency in how increased police staffing is funded. Requiring a voter-approved tax change to power Proposition B will ensure that other city programs are not defunded in an effort to boost policing. 

    Top opposition to Proposition B:


    - Sup. Matt Dorsey has strongly opposed Proposition B, arguing that requiring a secondary vote on a new tax or amended tax to fund increased resources for SFPD is a poison pill that renders the plan ineffective. 
    - STOP THE COP TAX has raised $105,000, with a primary donation from Neighbors for a Better San Francisco Advocacy, which has received substantial support from GOP donor William Obendorf, and strongly supported the 2022 recall of progressive SF DA Chesa Boudin.
    - Opponents of Proposition B have characterized the format as requiring a “cop tax” that burdens taxpayers with funding a police department that should be provided to them as a public service through existing budget lines. 

    Proposition B will increase police staffing level minimums on the condition that voters also approve a new tax or amend an existing tax to fund the changes.



    As of September 2023, the San Francisco Police Department is experiencing historically low staffing levels. Supervisor Matt Dorsey originally proposed Proposition B to mandate minimum police staffing, then Supervisor Ahsha Safai amended the measure to require new funding to support staffing and retention. Passing Proposition B would set an increased minimum staffing level for SFPD, mandate that the Police Commission request enough funds to pay for the increased staffing level, mandate that the city budget include funding for the new staffing level for at least five years, allow SFPD to amend its internal budget, and create a new fund to support police recruitment over five to ten years. If passed, the implementation of Proposition B is conditioned on the separate passage of a new tax or an amendment to an existing tax to provide funding for these provisions. 

    Top support for Proposition B:


    - Proponents argue that the historic understaffing of SFPD results in extended response times, wasteful spending on expensive overtime hours, and inefficiency in resolving and deterring crime. They also argue that passage of Proposition B would provide SFPD with the personnel and financial resources necessary to realign the department’s priorities and daily operations.
    - YES ON B has raised $605,000 from a variety of organized labor donors, including $400,000 from SEIU Local 1021, which represents government, nonprofit, and school members. An additional $200,000 was donated by International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers 21 Issues PAC.
    - Sup. Ahsha Safaí, who is also running for mayor, has argued that Proposition B will maintain transparency in how increased police staffing is funded. Requiring a voter-approved tax change to power Proposition B will ensure that other city programs are not defunded in an effort to boost policing. 

    Top opposition to Proposition B:


    - Sup. Matt Dorsey has strongly opposed Proposition B, arguing that requiring a secondary vote on a new tax or amended tax to fund increased resources for SFPD is a poison pill that renders the plan ineffective. 
    - STOP THE COP TAX has raised $105,000, with a primary donation from Neighbors for a Better San Francisco Advocacy, which has received substantial support from GOP donor William Obendorf, and strongly supported the 2022 recall of progressive SF DA Chesa Boudin.
    - Opponents of Proposition B have characterized the format as requiring a “cop tax” that burdens taxpayers with funding a police department that should be provided to them as a public service through existing budget lines. 

    San Francisco Proposition B

    Proposition B will increase police staffing level minimums on the condition that voters also approve a new tax or amend an existing tax to fund the changes.

    As of September 2023, the San Francisco Police Department is experiencing historically low staffing levels. Supervisor Matt Dorsey originally proposed Proposition B to mandate minimum police staffing, then Supervisor Ahsha Safai amended the measure to require new funding to support staffing and retention. Passing Proposition B would set an increased minimum staffing level for SFPD, mandate that the Police Commission request enough funds to pay for the increased staffing level, mandate that the city budget include funding for the new staffing level for at least five years, allow SFPD to amend its internal budget, and create a new fund to support police recruitment over five to ten years. If passed, the implementation of Proposition B is conditioned on the separate passage of a new tax or an amendment to an existing tax to provide funding for these provisions. 

    Top support for Proposition B:

    - Proponents argue that the historic understaffing of SFPD results in extended response times, wasteful spending on expensive overtime hours, and inefficiency in resolving and deterring crime. They also argue that passage of Proposition B would provide SFPD with the personnel and financial resources necessary to realign the department’s priorities and daily operations.
    - YES ON B has raised $605,000 from a variety of organized labor donors, including $400,000 from SEIU Local 1021, which represents government, nonprofit, and school members. An additional $200,000 was donated by International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers 21 Issues PAC.
    - Sup. Ahsha Safaí, who is also running for mayor, has argued that Proposition B will maintain transparency in how increased police staffing is funded. Requiring a voter-approved tax change to power Proposition B will ensure that other city programs are not defunded in an effort to boost policing. 

    Top opposition to Proposition B:

    - Sup. Matt Dorsey has strongly opposed Proposition B, arguing that requiring a secondary vote on a new tax or amended tax to fund increased resources for SFPD is a poison pill that renders the plan ineffective. 
    - STOP THE COP TAX has raised $105,000, with a primary donation from Neighbors for a Better San Francisco Advocacy, which has received substantial support from GOP donor William Obendorf, and strongly supported the 2022 recall of progressive SF DA Chesa Boudin.
    - Opponents of Proposition B have characterized the format as requiring a “cop tax” that burdens taxpayers with funding a police department that should be provided to them as a public service through existing budget lines. 

    San Francisco Proposition B

    Proposition B will increase police staffing level minimums on the condition that voters also approve a new tax or amend an existing tax to fund the changes.

    As of September 2023, the San Francisco Police Department is experiencing historically low staffing levels. Supervisor Matt Dorsey originally proposed Proposition B to mandate minimum police staffing, then Supervisor Ahsha Safai amended the measure to require new funding to support staffing and retention. Passing Proposition B would set an increased minimum staffing level for SFPD, mandate that the Police Commission request enough funds to pay for the increased staffing level, mandate that the city budget include funding for the new staffing level for at least five years, allow SFPD to amend its internal budget, and create a new fund to support police recruitment over five to ten years. If passed, the implementation of Proposition B is conditioned on the separate passage of a new tax or an amendment to an existing tax to provide funding for these provisions. 

    Top support for Proposition B:

    - Proponents argue that the historic understaffing of SFPD results in extended response times, wasteful spending on expensive overtime hours, and inefficiency in resolving and deterring crime. They also argue that passage of Proposition B would provide SFPD with the personnel and financial resources necessary to realign the department’s priorities and daily operations.
    - YES ON B has raised $605,000 from a variety of organized labor donors, including $400,000 from SEIU Local 1021, which represents government, nonprofit, and school members. An additional $200,000 was donated by International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers 21 Issues PAC.
    - Sup. Ahsha Safaí, who is also running for mayor, has argued that Proposition B will maintain transparency in how increased police staffing is funded. Requiring a voter-approved tax change to power Proposition B will ensure that other city programs are not defunded in an effort to boost policing. 

    Top opposition to Proposition B:

    - Sup. Matt Dorsey has strongly opposed Proposition B, arguing that requiring a secondary vote on a new tax or amended tax to fund increased resources for SFPD is a poison pill that renders the plan ineffective. 
    - STOP THE COP TAX has raised $105,000, with a primary donation from Neighbors for a Better San Francisco Advocacy, which has received substantial support from GOP donor William Obendorf, and strongly supported the 2022 recall of progressive SF DA Chesa Boudin.
    - Opponents of Proposition B have characterized the format as requiring a “cop tax” that burdens taxpayers with funding a police department that should be provided to them as a public service through existing budget lines. 

  • VOTE NO

    Vote No on expanding SFPD's use of surveillance technology

  • Vote NO on Proposition E to prohibit the expansion of the use of surveillance technology by the San Francisco Police Department, and maintain the discipline and oversight authority of the Police Commission. 



    As part of an ongoing effort to regulate crime in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed sponsored a petition to place Proposition E on the March ballot. Proposition E seeks to change the authority of policing in several significant ways, including restricting the time that officers are permitted to spend on administrative tasks, reducing the requirements for documenting use-of-force incidents, substituting body camera footage for written incident reports, allowing the use of drones, facial recognition, and other surveillance equipment without Police Commission approval, and expanding the use of vehicular pursuits. 

    Why voting NO on Proposition E matters:


    - Expanding police access to public and private surveillance cameras, and allowing the department to make determinations about the use of facial-recognition software without the approval of the Police Commission, could result in the infringement of the privacy rights of local citizens. Voting NO on Proposition E will maintain guardrails to ensure that surveillance does not compromise the constitutional rights of San Francisco residents. 
    - Requiring administrative reports only for use-of-force incidents that result in physical injury or the drawing of a service firearm will substantially lessen the capacity of justice-involved citizens to hold the SFPD accountable for their actions. Voting NO will ensure that administrative reporting and documentation requirements remain in place, and that police misconduct cannot be easily obscured.
    - Increased use of surveillance would result in a significant investment in the local tech industry, which is both partially responsible for the growing wealth gap in the city and a strong supporter of this proposition. Voting NO on Proposition E will prevent a larger portion of the public police budget from further enriching the private tech industry.
    - Using increased surveillance to address systemic policing issues, like low staffing and ineffective training, is unlikely to resolve the challenges facing San Francisco. Voting NO will deny the city’s effort to erroneously substitute surveillance as a proxy for more holistic police reform.

    Top funders of Proposition E:


    - Proposition E has received over $489,000 in donations as of December 2023, with nearly $450,000 donated by individuals with close ties to the crypto and tech industries. 
    - The primary donor is billionaire Chris Larsen, who has donated $250,000 in support of the proposition. Larsen has long been an investor in tech start-ups, and is the co-founder and executive chairman of Ripple, a blockchain and cryptocurrency technology company. 
    - Venture capitalist Ron Conway has donated $100,000, building on his long record of political donations to support tech-friendly political agendas.
    - Mayoral candidate Daniel Lurie, a philanthropist and an heir to the Levi Strauss Co. fortune, has donated $125,000.

    Top opposition to Proposition E:


    - The Prado Group, a real estate development and affordable housing company, has donated $50,000 to the campaign in opposition to Proposition E. 
    - Strada Investment Group, which specializes in real estate investment and development, has donated $50,000 to the campaign in opposition to Proposition E. 
    - Proposition E has also been publicly opposed by ACLU of Northern California, Police Commission President Cindy Elias, and several additional members of the Police Commission. 

    Vote NO on Proposition E to prohibit the expansion of the use of surveillance technology by the San Francisco Police Department, and maintain the discipline and oversight authority of the Police Commission. 



    As part of an ongoing effort to regulate crime in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed sponsored a petition to place Proposition E on the March ballot. Proposition E seeks to change the authority of policing in several significant ways, including restricting the time that officers are permitted to spend on administrative tasks, reducing the requirements for documenting use-of-force incidents, substituting body camera footage for written incident reports, allowing the use of drones, facial recognition, and other surveillance equipment without Police Commission approval, and expanding the use of vehicular pursuits. 

    Why voting NO on Proposition E matters:


    - Expanding police access to public and private surveillance cameras, and allowing the department to make determinations about the use of facial-recognition software without the approval of the Police Commission, could result in the infringement of the privacy rights of local citizens. Voting NO on Proposition E will maintain guardrails to ensure that surveillance does not compromise the constitutional rights of San Francisco residents. 
    - Requiring administrative reports only for use-of-force incidents that result in physical injury or the drawing of a service firearm will substantially lessen the capacity of justice-involved citizens to hold the SFPD accountable for their actions. Voting NO will ensure that administrative reporting and documentation requirements remain in place, and that police misconduct cannot be easily obscured.
    - Increased use of surveillance would result in a significant investment in the local tech industry, which is both partially responsible for the growing wealth gap in the city and a strong supporter of this proposition. Voting NO on Proposition E will prevent a larger portion of the public police budget from further enriching the private tech industry.
    - Using increased surveillance to address systemic policing issues, like low staffing and ineffective training, is unlikely to resolve the challenges facing San Francisco. Voting NO will deny the city’s effort to erroneously substitute surveillance as a proxy for more holistic police reform.

    Top funders of Proposition E:


    - Proposition E has received over $489,000 in donations as of December 2023, with nearly $450,000 donated by individuals with close ties to the crypto and tech industries. 
    - The primary donor is billionaire Chris Larsen, who has donated $250,000 in support of the proposition. Larsen has long been an investor in tech start-ups, and is the co-founder and executive chairman of Ripple, a blockchain and cryptocurrency technology company. 
    - Venture capitalist Ron Conway has donated $100,000, building on his long record of political donations to support tech-friendly political agendas.
    - Mayoral candidate Daniel Lurie, a philanthropist and an heir to the Levi Strauss Co. fortune, has donated $125,000.

    Top opposition to Proposition E:


    - The Prado Group, a real estate development and affordable housing company, has donated $50,000 to the campaign in opposition to Proposition E. 
    - Strada Investment Group, which specializes in real estate investment and development, has donated $50,000 to the campaign in opposition to Proposition E. 
    - Proposition E has also been publicly opposed by ACLU of Northern California, Police Commission President Cindy Elias, and several additional members of the Police Commission. 

    San Francisco Proposition E

    Vote NO on Proposition E to prohibit the expansion of the use of surveillance technology by the San Francisco Police Department, and maintain the discipline and oversight authority of the Police Commission. 

    As part of an ongoing effort to regulate crime in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed sponsored a petition to place Proposition E on the March ballot. Proposition E seeks to change the authority of policing in several significant ways, including restricting the time that officers are permitted to spend on administrative tasks, reducing the requirements for documenting use-of-force incidents, substituting body camera footage for written incident reports, allowing the use of drones, facial recognition, and other surveillance equipment without Police Commission approval, and expanding the use of vehicular pursuits. 

    Why voting NO on Proposition E matters:

    - Expanding police access to public and private surveillance cameras, and allowing the department to make determinations about the use of facial-recognition software without the approval of the Police Commission, could result in the infringement of the privacy rights of local citizens. Voting NO on Proposition E will maintain guardrails to ensure that surveillance does not compromise the constitutional rights of San Francisco residents. 
    - Requiring administrative reports only for use-of-force incidents that result in physical injury or the drawing of a service firearm will substantially lessen the capacity of justice-involved citizens to hold the SFPD accountable for their actions. Voting NO will ensure that administrative reporting and documentation requirements remain in place, and that police misconduct cannot be easily obscured.
    - Increased use of surveillance would result in a significant investment in the local tech industry, which is both partially responsible for the growing wealth gap in the city and a strong supporter of this proposition. Voting NO on Proposition E will prevent a larger portion of the public police budget from further enriching the private tech industry.
    - Using increased surveillance to address systemic policing issues, like low staffing and ineffective training, is unlikely to resolve the challenges facing San Francisco. Voting NO will deny the city’s effort to erroneously substitute surveillance as a proxy for more holistic police reform.

    Top funders of Proposition E:

    - Proposition E has received over $489,000 in donations as of December 2023, with nearly $450,000 donated by individuals with close ties to the crypto and tech industries. 
    - The primary donor is billionaire Chris Larsen, who has donated $250,000 in support of the proposition. Larsen has long been an investor in tech start-ups, and is the co-founder and executive chairman of Ripple, a blockchain and cryptocurrency technology company. 
    - Venture capitalist Ron Conway has donated $100,000, building on his long record of political donations to support tech-friendly political agendas.
    - Mayoral candidate Daniel Lurie, a philanthropist and an heir to the Levi Strauss Co. fortune, has donated $125,000.

    Top opposition to Proposition E:

    - The Prado Group, a real estate development and affordable housing company, has donated $50,000 to the campaign in opposition to Proposition E. 
    - Strada Investment Group, which specializes in real estate investment and development, has donated $50,000 to the campaign in opposition to Proposition E. 
    - Proposition E has also been publicly opposed by ACLU of Northern California, Police Commission President Cindy Elias, and several additional members of the Police Commission. 

    San Francisco Proposition E

    Vote NO on Proposition E to prohibit the expansion of the use of surveillance technology by the San Francisco Police Department, and maintain the discipline and oversight authority of the Police Commission. 

    As part of an ongoing effort to regulate crime in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed sponsored a petition to place Proposition E on the March ballot. Proposition E seeks to change the authority of policing in several significant ways, including restricting the time that officers are permitted to spend on administrative tasks, reducing the requirements for documenting use-of-force incidents, substituting body camera footage for written incident reports, allowing the use of drones, facial recognition, and other surveillance equipment without Police Commission approval, and expanding the use of vehicular pursuits. 

    Why voting NO on Proposition E matters:

    - Expanding police access to public and private surveillance cameras, and allowing the department to make determinations about the use of facial-recognition software without the approval of the Police Commission, could result in the infringement of the privacy rights of local citizens. Voting NO on Proposition E will maintain guardrails to ensure that surveillance does not compromise the constitutional rights of San Francisco residents. 
    - Requiring administrative reports only for use-of-force incidents that result in physical injury or the drawing of a service firearm will substantially lessen the capacity of justice-involved citizens to hold the SFPD accountable for their actions. Voting NO will ensure that administrative reporting and documentation requirements remain in place, and that police misconduct cannot be easily obscured.
    - Increased use of surveillance would result in a significant investment in the local tech industry, which is both partially responsible for the growing wealth gap in the city and a strong supporter of this proposition. Voting NO on Proposition E will prevent a larger portion of the public police budget from further enriching the private tech industry.
    - Using increased surveillance to address systemic policing issues, like low staffing and ineffective training, is unlikely to resolve the challenges facing San Francisco. Voting NO will deny the city’s effort to erroneously substitute surveillance as a proxy for more holistic police reform.

    Top funders of Proposition E:

    - Proposition E has received over $489,000 in donations as of December 2023, with nearly $450,000 donated by individuals with close ties to the crypto and tech industries. 
    - The primary donor is billionaire Chris Larsen, who has donated $250,000 in support of the proposition. Larsen has long been an investor in tech start-ups, and is the co-founder and executive chairman of Ripple, a blockchain and cryptocurrency technology company. 
    - Venture capitalist Ron Conway has donated $100,000, building on his long record of political donations to support tech-friendly political agendas.
    - Mayoral candidate Daniel Lurie, a philanthropist and an heir to the Levi Strauss Co. fortune, has donated $125,000.

    Top opposition to Proposition E:

    - The Prado Group, a real estate development and affordable housing company, has donated $50,000 to the campaign in opposition to Proposition E. 
    - Strada Investment Group, which specializes in real estate investment and development, has donated $50,000 to the campaign in opposition to Proposition E. 
    - Proposition E has also been publicly opposed by ACLU of Northern California, Police Commission President Cindy Elias, and several additional members of the Police Commission. 

  • VOTE NO

    Vote No to oppose the use of substance abuse testing as a condition for receiving public assistance

  • Vote NO on Proposition F to prevent the city from conditioning the receipt of public assistance on submitting to substance abuse screening, evaluation, and treatment.



    As part of an ongoing effort to curb drug use and fentanyl overdoses in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed sponsored a petition to place Proposition F on the March ballot. Proposition F would require that adults under the age of 65 with no dependent children be subject to illegal drug screening, evaluation, and necessary treatment to continue to receive funds from the County Adult Assistance Program (CAAP). The text of the proposition specifies that individuals can be subject to this process if they are reasonably suspected of having a drug dependency. 

    Why voting NO on Proposition F matters:


    - Opponents of Proposition F have cited research that indicates that forcing individuals into drug treatment programs is unlikely to result in the successful rehabilitation of a drug addiction, and can increase the instance of overdose deaths and suicide. Voting NO on Proposition F will deny the city the ability to enforce this ineffective approach to curbing addiction. 
    - Adding drug testing to the tedious administrative processes that are required of public assistance recipients increases the bureaucratic burden on an already marginalized population. Voting NO on Proposition F will allow individuals to continue to receive public assistance without added red tape. 
    - San Francisco’s current substance abuse treatment and supportive housing capacity is unlikely to be sufficient for the volume of individuals who would be filtered into those services under Proposition F. Voting NO on Proposition F will allow the city the opportunity to increase resources and capacity within these systems without the stress of providing mandated care to a high volume of individuals. 
    - Removing public assistance from individuals based on their drug use status is likely to destabilize households and create more vulnerability that leads to homelessness and financial stress. Voting NO on Proposition F will allow individuals to maintain stability in their economic status.

    Top funders of Proposition F:


    - Proposition F has received over $289,000 in donations as of December 2023, with nearly $275,000 donated by individuals with close ties to the crypto and tech industries. 
    - The primary donor is billionaire Chris Larsen, who has donated $250,000 in support of the proposition. Larsen has long been an investor in tech start-ups, and is the co-founder and executive chairman of Ripple, a blockchain and cryptocurrency technology company. 
    - Asheesh Birla, a vice president at Larsen’s Ripple, has donated $25,000. Birla is also a candidate for San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC), which is the governing body of the local Democratic party.
    - Mayor London Breed introduced and supports Proposition F, and it has received the endorsement of the San Francisco Republican Party.

    Top opposition to Proposition F:


    - As of December 2023, no fundraising has been recorded in opposition to Proposition F with the San Francisco Ethics Commission. 
    - Former Public Health Commissioner Roma Guy has spoken out against Proposition F, the San Francisco Democratic Party has endorsed a no vote, and several members of the Democratic County Central Committee have expressed concerns about its impacts.

    Vote NO on Proposition F to prevent the city from conditioning the receipt of public assistance on submitting to substance abuse screening, evaluation, and treatment.



    As part of an ongoing effort to curb drug use and fentanyl overdoses in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed sponsored a petition to place Proposition F on the March ballot. Proposition F would require that adults under the age of 65 with no dependent children be subject to illegal drug screening, evaluation, and necessary treatment to continue to receive funds from the County Adult Assistance Program (CAAP). The text of the proposition specifies that individuals can be subject to this process if they are reasonably suspected of having a drug dependency. 

    Why voting NO on Proposition F matters:


    - Opponents of Proposition F have cited research that indicates that forcing individuals into drug treatment programs is unlikely to result in the successful rehabilitation of a drug addiction, and can increase the instance of overdose deaths and suicide. Voting NO on Proposition F will deny the city the ability to enforce this ineffective approach to curbing addiction. 
    - Adding drug testing to the tedious administrative processes that are required of public assistance recipients increases the bureaucratic burden on an already marginalized population. Voting NO on Proposition F will allow individuals to continue to receive public assistance without added red tape. 
    - San Francisco’s current substance abuse treatment and supportive housing capacity is unlikely to be sufficient for the volume of individuals who would be filtered into those services under Proposition F. Voting NO on Proposition F will allow the city the opportunity to increase resources and capacity within these systems without the stress of providing mandated care to a high volume of individuals. 
    - Removing public assistance from individuals based on their drug use status is likely to destabilize households and create more vulnerability that leads to homelessness and financial stress. Voting NO on Proposition F will allow individuals to maintain stability in their economic status.

    Top funders of Proposition F:


    - Proposition F has received over $289,000 in donations as of December 2023, with nearly $275,000 donated by individuals with close ties to the crypto and tech industries. 
    - The primary donor is billionaire Chris Larsen, who has donated $250,000 in support of the proposition. Larsen has long been an investor in tech start-ups, and is the co-founder and executive chairman of Ripple, a blockchain and cryptocurrency technology company. 
    - Asheesh Birla, a vice president at Larsen’s Ripple, has donated $25,000. Birla is also a candidate for San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC), which is the governing body of the local Democratic party.
    - Mayor London Breed introduced and supports Proposition F, and it has received the endorsement of the San Francisco Republican Party.

    Top opposition to Proposition F:


    - As of December 2023, no fundraising has been recorded in opposition to Proposition F with the San Francisco Ethics Commission. 
    - Former Public Health Commissioner Roma Guy has spoken out against Proposition F, the San Francisco Democratic Party has endorsed a no vote, and several members of the Democratic County Central Committee have expressed concerns about its impacts.

    San Francisco Proposition F

    Vote NO on Proposition F to prevent the city from conditioning the receipt of public assistance on submitting to substance abuse screening, evaluation, and treatment.

    As part of an ongoing effort to curb drug use and fentanyl overdoses in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed sponsored a petition to place Proposition F on the March ballot. Proposition F would require that adults under the age of 65 with no dependent children be subject to illegal drug screening, evaluation, and necessary treatment to continue to receive funds from the County Adult Assistance Program (CAAP). The text of the proposition specifies that individuals can be subject to this process if they are reasonably suspected of having a drug dependency. 

    Why voting NO on Proposition F matters:

    - Opponents of Proposition F have cited research that indicates that forcing individuals into drug treatment programs is unlikely to result in the successful rehabilitation of a drug addiction, and can increase the instance of overdose deaths and suicide. Voting NO on Proposition F will deny the city the ability to enforce this ineffective approach to curbing addiction. 
    - Adding drug testing to the tedious administrative processes that are required of public assistance recipients increases the bureaucratic burden on an already marginalized population. Voting NO on Proposition F will allow individuals to continue to receive public assistance without added red tape. 
    - San Francisco’s current substance abuse treatment and supportive housing capacity is unlikely to be sufficient for the volume of individuals who would be filtered into those services under Proposition F. Voting NO on Proposition F will allow the city the opportunity to increase resources and capacity within these systems without the stress of providing mandated care to a high volume of individuals. 
    - Removing public assistance from individuals based on their drug use status is likely to destabilize households and create more vulnerability that leads to homelessness and financial stress. Voting NO on Proposition F will allow individuals to maintain stability in their economic status.

    Top funders of Proposition F:

    - Proposition F has received over $289,000 in donations as of December 2023, with nearly $275,000 donated by individuals with close ties to the crypto and tech industries. 
    - The primary donor is billionaire Chris Larsen, who has donated $250,000 in support of the proposition. Larsen has long been an investor in tech start-ups, and is the co-founder and executive chairman of Ripple, a blockchain and cryptocurrency technology company. 
    - Asheesh Birla, a vice president at Larsen’s Ripple, has donated $25,000. Birla is also a candidate for San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC), which is the governing body of the local Democratic party.
    - Mayor London Breed introduced and supports Proposition F, and it has received the endorsement of the San Francisco Republican Party.

    Top opposition to Proposition F:

    - As of December 2023, no fundraising has been recorded in opposition to Proposition F with the San Francisco Ethics Commission. 
    - Former Public Health Commissioner Roma Guy has spoken out against Proposition F, the San Francisco Democratic Party has endorsed a no vote, and several members of the Democratic County Central Committee have expressed concerns about its impacts.

    San Francisco Proposition F

    Vote NO on Proposition F to prevent the city from conditioning the receipt of public assistance on submitting to substance abuse screening, evaluation, and treatment.

    As part of an ongoing effort to curb drug use and fentanyl overdoses in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed sponsored a petition to place Proposition F on the March ballot. Proposition F would require that adults under the age of 65 with no dependent children be subject to illegal drug screening, evaluation, and necessary treatment to continue to receive funds from the County Adult Assistance Program (CAAP). The text of the proposition specifies that individuals can be subject to this process if they are reasonably suspected of having a drug dependency. 

    Why voting NO on Proposition F matters:

    - Opponents of Proposition F have cited research that indicates that forcing individuals into drug treatment programs is unlikely to result in the successful rehabilitation of a drug addiction, and can increase the instance of overdose deaths and suicide. Voting NO on Proposition F will deny the city the ability to enforce this ineffective approach to curbing addiction. 
    - Adding drug testing to the tedious administrative processes that are required of public assistance recipients increases the bureaucratic burden on an already marginalized population. Voting NO on Proposition F will allow individuals to continue to receive public assistance without added red tape. 
    - San Francisco’s current substance abuse treatment and supportive housing capacity is unlikely to be sufficient for the volume of individuals who would be filtered into those services under Proposition F. Voting NO on Proposition F will allow the city the opportunity to increase resources and capacity within these systems without the stress of providing mandated care to a high volume of individuals. 
    - Removing public assistance from individuals based on their drug use status is likely to destabilize households and create more vulnerability that leads to homelessness and financial stress. Voting NO on Proposition F will allow individuals to maintain stability in their economic status.

    Top funders of Proposition F:

    - Proposition F has received over $289,000 in donations as of December 2023, with nearly $275,000 donated by individuals with close ties to the crypto and tech industries. 
    - The primary donor is billionaire Chris Larsen, who has donated $250,000 in support of the proposition. Larsen has long been an investor in tech start-ups, and is the co-founder and executive chairman of Ripple, a blockchain and cryptocurrency technology company. 
    - Asheesh Birla, a vice president at Larsen’s Ripple, has donated $25,000. Birla is also a candidate for San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC), which is the governing body of the local Democratic party.
    - Mayor London Breed introduced and supports Proposition F, and it has received the endorsement of the San Francisco Republican Party.

    Top opposition to Proposition F:

    - As of December 2023, no fundraising has been recorded in opposition to Proposition F with the San Francisco Ethics Commission. 
    - Former Public Health Commissioner Roma Guy has spoken out against Proposition F, the San Francisco Democratic Party has endorsed a no vote, and several members of the Democratic County Central Committee have expressed concerns about its impacts.